Akron Dog Saves Family from House Fire

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by Bethany Meissner

Bear, a seven-year-old American Shepherd, has long been adored by his family. After a recent terrifying experience, his family and friends of theirs consider Bear to be a hero. They credit Bear with saving their lives when their Akron, Ohio home caught fire.

“That dog…if he hadn’t woken anyone up, I don’t even want to think about what would have happened,” Annie Geiger told News 5 Cleveland about Bear. Annie’s friend Donna Freeman, her kids, and mother Bernice, were staying with Annie and her kids on a recent night. Donna woke up during the night to feel Bear repeatedly nudging her. “He was very persistent,” Donna told reporters about Bear’s actions. Bear then went and woke up Bernice. The two women realized that the home was filling with smoke and, because of Bear’s persistence at getting them up, were then able to alert Annie and all the kids. Everyone, including Bear, was able to get to safety.

The Akron Fire Department fought the blaze. They were able to determine that the fire had started around 2 a.m. Annie believes that the fire was deliberate arson by someone who doused her back porch in lighter fluid. However the fire department told News 5 Cleveland that they were still investigating the cause of the fire.

Despite their anger over the fire, the families are thankful for Bear’s quick thinking. “I owe him our lives,” said Donna about Bear. “I love you so much,” Annie told Bear the morning of the fire, giving him grateful cuddles. Later she added that she was going to cook him “a big ol’ steak for dinner.” We think that Bear deserves all the cuddles and all his favorite foods.

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Photo Credit: News 5 Cleveland
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Photo Credit: News 5 Cleveland

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