ST. LOUIS, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A shelter cat named Pudding who rescued his owner from a diabetic seizure has been named the grand prize winner in the Purina ® Pro Plan ® Rally to Rescue ® "Tales of Greatness" Story Contest. Pudding's feline journey to greatness was made possible due to the dedication of a small animal rescue organization, the Door County Humane Society in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. The organization took in Pudding when his owners were unable to care for him. For its rescue of Pudding, DCHS will be honored live in the main ring prior to the start of the National Dog Show presented by Purina and awarded with $5,000 in Purina Pro Plan brand pet food coupons. It marks the first time in the six-year history of the contest that a cat has won the grand prize.
Pudding's heroic journey began when he was first surrendered to the Door County Humane Society due to family allergies in 2008 and was again returned to the shelter after his next owner fell ill. After spending several months roaming freely at the shelter, Pudding's story took a dramatic twist when Wisconsin resident Amy Jung and her son, Ethan, volunteered at the shelter one day. Though she was not planning on adopting, Jung formed an instant connection to the green-eyed cat -- calling it "love at first sight" -- and she decided that day to make Pudding part of her family. At home, Pudding was immediately comfortable in his new surroundings and with his new family, unlike some other shelter cats that may take time to adapt. That evening, Jung went to bed with her new companion by her side, without realizing the powerful effect this new rescue pet would soon have on her life.
Just hours after falling asleep, Jung awoke to find Pudding sitting on her chest and nipping at her nose. Jung, a diabetic since the age of four, had come out of a seizure from what her doctor described as an adrenalin rush caused by Pudding's actions. Paralyzed from head to toe, but fully aware of the urgency of her situation, Jung had little to do but rely on the actions of her rescue pet that she had taken into her home just hours before.