Pit bull saves 4-year-old Minneapolis boy [PHOTO]

Christi Smith believes her son Peyton owes his life to TaterTot (right).
Christi Smith believes her son Peyton owes his life to TaterTot (right).

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A pit bull rescued from the Minneapolis animal shelter just hours before he was scheduled to be put down may have saved the life of a four-year-old boy.

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According to a Fox 9 report, last week, 10-month-old TaterTot woke up his new owner, Christi Smith. The dog, who had only been living in the household for a few days, "kept on whining and barking and running" in the middle of the night, Smith said.

The dog's unusual behavior prompted Smith to get up and check on her son, Peyton. The boy was barely breathing and was rushed to the emergency room, where it was discovered his blood sugar was dangerously low.

A veterinarian told Fox TaterTot may have been smelling ketones produced by Peyton's body as the boy struggled to stay alive.

Smith said she's convinced Peyton is alive today thanks to the dog.

"I could have been one of those moms sitting there telling people how I lost my son," she told Fox.

She also said her original plan was just to keep TaterTot temporarily, until a permanent home could be found for him. But that's obviously changed in light of last week's events.

Christi, if you reconsider, my contact information is below.

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As commenter angelaboone points out below, TaterTot has a Facebook page:

Pit bull saves 4-year-old Minneapolis boy [PHOTO]

Check out all the adorableness here.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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