Dogs Give Up Lives In Fire To Save Family

BellaBella 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

(Thanks Debbie)

8 Responses to “Dogs Give Up Lives In Fire To Save Family”

  1. KAEfamily says:

    Our condolences to the Feuding family. Those poochies were beautiful dogs in all aspects. Your family was lucky to have shared a life and memories with them, however brief, and they with yours.

  2. Nora and Rufus says:

    I would not have left the house without at least one hand wrapped around the dogs collar and dragging for all I am worth if need be. That is all I can say. The dogs deserved better.

  3. The Lioness says:

    My heart goes out to the Fuelings.

    I agree they could have done better by the dogs, but I’m still sorry for their loss.

    ~The Lioness

  4. Elaine Vigneault says:

    That’s so sad. I hate reading stories like this. Poor pooches.

  5. Sharon says:

    I would have sent my child outside but would not have left the house without the dogs.

  6. Debby M says:

    Those poor dogs, I would NEVER leave my home unless all 4 of my cats were accounted for. RIP sweethearts, you deserved better of your owners.

  7. RB says:

    Wow. I have a dog that looks just like that and is the same breed. It is a sad a touching story of what these dogs did.

  8. Amy says:

    So, let me get this straight…people are criticizing the way that these people escaped a house engulfed in flames? You think that they don’t wish they had somehow rescued the dogs? The dogs were telling THEM to get out of the house–I would have assumed the dogs would have come outside, too. To second guess someone’s actions when they are in a life-threatening situation is bold, but to imply they could have saved their dogs lives and didn’t is unforgivable. My condolences to the family for losing these brave dogs. But thank goodness they had them.

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