(credit: spcaLA)

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The honor may have been handed out from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles but the ‘top dog’ was from North Texas.

Today a Shiloh German Shepherd from Milsap was presented with the 30th Annual National Hero Dog Award.

A woman who suffers from seizures adopted Bear, a 100 pound dog, from a shelter.

Last year Bear tried to stop his owner, Debbie Zeisler, from going outside, but she pushed past him. Seconds later, the woman had a seizure, fell down and hit her head.

While Zeisler lay unconscious Bear ran to several houses scratching on front doors. While no one responded at the doors, a Parker County animal control officer spotted the dog and was eventually led back to the injured woman.

The incident occurred in May so the North Texas temperatures were at or near 100-degrees. When the animal control officer got to the house Zeisler was lying in the sun and was disoriented and confused. The woman was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. Bear rode with her.

Bear and his owner Debbie Zeisler. (credit: spcaLA)

In a press release statement spcaLA President Madeline Bernstein said, “This just goes to show how amazing shelter dogs can be. If Debbie had not adopted Bear, where would she and Bear be today?”

Bear has never had formal training as a service dog and naturally developed the ability to sense oncoming seizures after being adopted.

For being named the spcaLA National Hero Dog, Bear and Zeisler received a gift basket, a year’s supply of pet food and a commemorative plaque.

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