You may remember seeing some news headlines about a devastating explosion in Ukraine a few years ago. No, not the 1986 nuclear blast in Chernobyl. But the much more recent and difficult0-to-pronounce explosion at UkrOboronProm, a prominent defence company.
The crisis resulted in a roaring fire all over the grounds near Donetsk City, Ukraine.
The sky lit up with orange flames and billowing smoke, engulfing some nearby homes in flames. It left many people injured and some even lost their lives.
Most local residents were fortunate enough to have just enough time to collect their valuables and get to safety.
And as with all devastating events like these, some heroes emerged in the face of danger. One such brave and unlikely hero, was actually a loyal pup!
It started when one man was able to free his dog as he and the rest of the family were running outside to the front yard.
The first thing everyone learns about fire safety is to leave all your things behind and get to safety. The second is the ever-so-memorable “stop, drop, and roll” tactic, of course. It’s a difficult thing to do, but when the wellbeing of your family is at risk, you leave the material valuables behind.
Obviously, he assumed the dog’s instinct would be to immediately run to safety. But to his surprise, the dog instead turned and ran straight into the burning house.
The owner didn’t know what to do. Of course he wanted to run back in to rescue his dog, but the flames were getting higher and hotter, and it was just too dangerous to go inside.
He stood there on his lawn powerless. Staring up at the devastating fire ripping through his home, and feeling confused and heart broken by his dog’s decision to go back inside. He kept calling for his dog to come back, but the cries felt hopeless.
But then something incredible happened. His dog emerged from the flames, and he wasn’t alone.
He was carrying a kitten in his mouth!
The family hadn’t been able to get to their kitten in the midst of all the panic and madness while getting out of the burning house. But their brave and loyal doggo wasn’t about to give up on his best friend. The kitten was still so young and must have been scared. It definitely wouldn’t have made it out of the burning house on its own.
But the two had become inseparable – playing, napping, and hanging out together all the time.
Even in the face of immense danger, the dog’s first instinct was to go in and rescue his buddy, instead of saving himself.
That’s some serious bravery! More than most humans can say they could be sure to do when faced with the same life or death decision.
His owner said that the pup had been carrying his kitten bestie around in his mouth regularly leading up to the fire, so the kitten wasn’t scared and sat calmly between the dog’s jaws. That’s a different kind of bravery!
When the other locals heard about this brave story on the news their hearts were filled with joy. It was a silver lining to an otherwise horrendous occurrence in their hometown. He’s now a local celebrity and hero… and his story is being shared all over the world.
Like we always say… we just do not deserve dogs!
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