At the time, Ann and Barrie had two dogs- a Rottweiler and an American Staffordshire Terrier, and they weren’t really looking for another dog, but something told them to call on Norton.
When they called, the rescue had already found Norton a home, but a week or so later, the rescue called them back, saying that Norton had been returned.
Ann and Barrie went to visit Norton, and they found a dog covered in physical and emotional scars- separation anxiety. They fell in love, and took Norton home.
The couple worked on Norton’s separation anxiety, but he refused to show progress. He did not like being without people. They made peace with the fact that Norton was going to need to be with them at all times.
One evening, while in the bathroom, Ann was bitten by a spider. The medication that she was on prevented her body from producing antihistamines, so she went into anaphylactic shock.
Norton must have known something was wrong because he got up from his bed in the closet and went over to Barrie, pushing him with his nose until he woke up. Barrie realized how upset Norton was and went to find Ann, who was almost unconscious at this point. Barrie called the paramedics just in time to save Ann’s life.
She spent two days in intensive care and a week at home recovering.
If it wasn’t for Norton, the unwanted lover, Ann would have died.