Navy Veteran Rudy Armstrong recently suffered a stroke while on his houseboat that he built in Oriental, N.C., where he lives with his best buddy, a Chihuahua mix named Boo-Boo.

He and Boo-Boo 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 immediately ran off to get the Dockmaster, Kim, who called 911 and ultimately saved Rudy Armstrong’s life, with the help of the paramedics and CarolinaEast Medical Center staff caring for him.

Armstrong, who has sailed all over the world and has stories still left to tell, was very appreciate of the care he has received at CarolinaEast, and has a tip for future patients: Don’t order the turkey sausage; he’s not a fan.

“We thank him for his service to our country and for allowing us the privilege of caring for him and sharing his story of Boo-Boo, the miracle pup,” CarolinaEast Medical Center said in a news release.

Navy Veteran Rudy Armstrong recovers from a stroke at CarolinaEast Medical Center.

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