A little chihuahua has saved a proud elder Navy veteran when he suddenly began having a stroke.

86-year-old Rudy Armstrong is a proud Navy veteran who has many stories about his incredible life and career. Rudy spends his retirement on a custom houseboat that he’d built himself in Oriental, North Carolina. He enjoys a fairly solitary life with his faithful chihuahua mix pup. This dog’s name is spelled (either something like “bu-bu,” Bubu,” or “Boo-Boo). But one day this pint-sized dog became a big hero.

Small dogs are known for having a bad reputation for being annoyingly vocal and often having bad tempers. But Boo-Boo is actually very intelligent, sweet, and extremely loyal.

He told WCTI-TV, “I sat down in my chair, drank my coffee, and next thing I know, it was after lunch. And I couldn’t even get my hand to move, and my foot wouldn’t move.”

“I didn’t want to be there for another couple of days before somebody come by. So I said, ‘OK, Boo-Boo, go get me some help!’”

According to a post from CarolinaEast Health System, the vet specifically instructed Boo-Boo to go out and find Kim, the dockmaster.

They shared, “He and Bubu have a special bond, and when Rudy couldn’t get to his phone to call for help, he looked his little friend in the eyes and said, ‘I need help. Go get Kim.’”

Boo-Boo returned to the boat with Kim a couple of minutes later. Then Kim called emergency services.

Rudy soon learned that he had a stroke at the hospital. He would have died without the help of this little pup.

Rudy is currently on the way to Carolina East Rehabilitation Hospital for recovery.

The post continued, “Rudy, who has sailed all over the world and has stories for days, was very appreciative of the care he has received here but is not a fan of our turkey sausage.”

“We thank him for his service to our country and for allowing us the privilege of caring for him and sharing his story of Bubu, the miracle pup!”

The hospital even arranged a heartwarming reunion between Rudy and Boo-Boo, which he was really waiting for.

He told WNCT-TV, “I’m excited about getting to see her. I mean she sleeps with me, when I go someplace in the car she goes with me, and all of that. You know I mean, we do everything together.”

They met on the hospital grounds in their garden area.

He told WCTI, “I’ve got tears running out of my eyes. I missed her so much, man.”

Here’s a video about this heartwarming story.

BY JOE DAVID