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WATCH: 92-Year-Old Owner Credits Chihuahua with Saving Her Life

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Sassy is a life-saver!

When 92-year-old Marie Alexander fell in her yard, the plucky little Chihuahua did what she could to summon help for the Inverness, Florida, woman.

It’s a good thing the dog “follows me everywhere,” according to Alexander, who fell checking her mail a couple of weeks ago.

“When I went to step up on a walkway, my foot twisted and I just fell backwards,” she tells ABC Action News, who reported the story.

A fence and shrubs surrounded the property, so no one could see Alexander laying on the ground, unable to get up. Sassy wasn’t about to just sit there in her owner’s time of need. Instead, for five hours she attempted to bark down cars in the hot temperatures.

“She ran down every car that passed,” Alexander said. “Sassy came up and laid beside me each time and licked my face.”

Finally, a couple heard the nonstop barking, the station said, and came to the rescue of Alexander, who had been able to scoot to a shadier area.

The woman suffered bruised ribs, was severely dehydrated, and was hospitalized after the ordeal — but it could have much been worse if Sassy didn’t stay by her side.

“I saved her at the shelter and she saved me,” Alexander said.