A family was saved from possible harm when their arthritic dog hurdled a meter-high fence to warn them of fire that had engulfed the house next door.
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/28/2012 -- Chris and Karin Gubb had sat down to dinner with family members when they heard the dog scratching at the door.
"Our dog Jack had jumped out of the compound. He's got arthritis and he can't jump but he jumped out of the compound and came to the door and started scratching the door," Mr. Gubb said. Karin Gubb investigated the curious escape and noticed neighbor, Lyn Morrison, standing in front of her burning home.
"Lyn was screaming, 'Help, help. Fire, fire'. I dropped the phone and grabbed the hose and dragged Lyn away. I tried to go into the house and put the fire out but I got beaten back," Mr Gubb said. "Trying to fight a house fire with a garden hose, it just doesn't cut the mustard. It was pretty scary."
"The hero of the day is the dog, Jack," Mr Gubb said. "We wouldn't have heard it or seen it." Neighbor Ms. Morrison now calls the aging Border Collie “Hero.”
“I’m proud of Jack,” she says. When the Gubbs told me I just went and hugged him. He saved me.”
Ms. Morrison had fallen asleep on her couch, where she was awoken to the smell of smoke. She managed to crawl her way out of the house and had called for help from her front yard. Morrison knows how lucky she is to have escaped with minor injuries.
"Everyone's been wonderful," she said. "The support and the generosity of people is overwhelming."
Morrison was taken to the Tauranga Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation and a minor burn.
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