Rescue Dog Alerts Owner to House Fire Next Door and Saves Sleeping Family

We already know that dogs are a man’s best friend, but it is so heartwarming to hear stories that illustrate just how true this is. While a dog cannot talk, it is obvious that they are alert. They understand what is going on around them and they are constantly on guard. They will protect their own home, but they will also be on the lookout for anything bad happening in the nearby vicinity. It is quite something to watch dogs and how they are always looking around them. In fact, it is hard to fathom how they even sleep. Perhaps they really do sleep with one eye open. That would certainly seem to be the case with a rescue dog in Tennessee. Just recently this brilliant animal made headlines by being so alert that he was able to get the attention of the owner next door to let him know that his house was on fire. Here is the story.

While the local fire department in Tennessee would end up putting the fire out, it is Roux, a Belgian Malinois that is only three years, who was able to save the lives of the people inside the house. It all started at just before 11 in the evening. You can imagine that Roux was relaxing at home when he noticed something was not right. He rushed next door and began barking in a frantic manner. Now, if you live in a neighborhood you are probably used to hearing dogs bark even now and again. However, you also know when something is not right. That was the case with Roux. He was absolutely frantic.

It was the frantic pace of his barking, which we have found out is rather unusual for him, that finally go the attention of the owner of the house. Roux was right outside his front door barking his head off. Jeff, the owner, could not help but take notice. As soon as he opened the door, the dog one flying outside the house and over to the neighbor’s house. This is when the cool part of the story begins.

Jeff obviously loves Roux, so he went rushing outside after him to see what the fuss was all about. It was then that he noticed what Roux was already well aware of. The neighbors home was fully engulfed in flames. Jeff knew there were probably three people inside, and they were already asleep. They also had pets in there. Thanks to Roux, Jeff was able to wake everyone up and get them outside to safety. He then started to use a garden hose to try to limit the first until the fire department was able to get on the scene.

This all occurred during the Fourth of July holiday, so you can probably guess where the story is heading. It was discovered, according to the fire department, that fireworks were the cause of the fire. The owner of the house had discarded some of the fireworks in the trash earlier that evening. It would end up not being a wise decision, as it was determined that the fire would start at about 10:20 pm. Somehow, Roux was able to sense the fire and alert his owner, Jeff, and the story had a happy ending. This demonstrates that dogs do really have an uncanny sense of smell and that their other senses are always on high alert as well. It is also important to remember that Roux was already troubled by the fireworks earlier that evening. Dogs do not like such noises, so he probably had a more heightened sense of awareness as a result. There is one homeowner and his family who are certainly happy that he was on the job.

It ended up that the fire would cause roughly $50,000 in damage. It would burn through much of the exterior layer of the home, including the attic over the garage. This is going to require quite a bit of work and money to repair, but it could have been so much worse. Were it not for Roux being so alert, lives could have been lost. As the family would recount later, they were truly asleep. It took Jeff and Roux pounding through their house that would wake them up and give them the time that they needed to get out of building unscathed. Beyond that, it would enable the fire department to get there before too much more of those would be impacted by the fire. While $50,000 is an expensive lesson to learn about the danger of fireworks, it surely could have been much worse and even more expensive.

We already know that dogs are a man’s best friend, but it is so heartwarming to hear stories that illustrate just how true this is. While a dog cannot talk, it is obvious that they are alert. They understand what is going on around them and they are constantly on guard. They will protect their own home, but they will also be on the lookout for anything bad happening in the nearby vicinity. It is quite something to watch dogs and how they are always looking around them. In fact, it is hard to fathom how they even sleep. Perhaps they really do sleep with one eye open. That would certainly seem to be the case with a rescue dog in Tennessee. Just recently this brilliant animal made headlines by being so alert that he was able to get the attention of the owner next door to let him know that his house was on fire.

We know even more about this story now. It seems that Roux is no stranger to good deeds himself. It was the woman of the house that was burning that introduced Roux to his current owner. This was a good deed that would end up being paid back once again. That woman grooms dogs and knew that Jeff had lost his own dog not too long ago. She learned about Roux and once Jeff was introduced, he was a happy owner. Now, the woman is a happy camper as well.



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