Bella and Maddie sacrificed their lives to save their family and are heroes for their acts of bravery.
Bella, a three-year-old golden retriever/collie mix who was rescued from abuse, alerted her family of a fire in the house at around 2 a.m. She jumped on the bed and started barking. Maddie, a six-month-old golden retriever, was right behind Bella trying to get the family out.
Sue Feuling woke up to the barking and the smell of smoke and grabbed McKenzie, her nine-year-old daughter, and they both got out from the house safely.
Bella and Maddie were right behing Feuling, but they wouldn’t come outside. Feuling tried to run back in and was yelling for the dogs to come out, but they stayed put.
Feuling said that Bella must have thought McKenzie was still in the house.
When firefighters came, one tried to go in and save the dogs, but he was not able to get to Bella and Maddie, and the two canine heroes perished in the fire.
The family said that Bella and Maddie were the best of friends and Bella was like a human being because she seemed to understand what people were saying.
Feuling said, “Everything I lost is nothing compared to them.”
Source: Winona Daily News