Hero Dog Uses Body to Shield Unconscious Owner During House Fire
Man's best friend, indeed.
A dog is being credited with saving his owner's life during a house fire in Philadelphia over the weekend.
WPVI reported that neighbors woke up to the sounds of the dog, Che, barking around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.
They immediately saw smoke coming from owner Andrea Bulat’s home and called 911.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found Che laying protectively on top of Bulat, who was unconscious due to smoke inhalation.
"The dog stayed on her chest the whole time, which prevented her from being burned totally," neighbor Adele Butler said.
Firefighters resuscitated Che using oxygen, and he is recovering at Red Paw Relief, a non-profit emergency response organization for pets.
A Facebook post by Red Paw Relief said they are hopeful that the 10-year-old Chow and Golden Retriever mix will survive his injuries.
Bulat is in the hospital in critical condition, with burns covering 50 percent of her body.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.