A very good dog performed a final act of devotion and loyalty to his family before dying. As reported by Fox 13 News, Zippy, a Jack Russell terrier, successfully alerted his family to a fire which was quickly spreading throughout their Bradenton, Florida, home.
The Butler family’s smoke detector briefly sounded…but it was Zippy’s persistent efforts, barking and running from room to room to rouse each slumbering member of the household, which saved them. Each and every person made it out of the burning house, but it was too late for Zippy.
His owner, Leroy, told the news agency that the flames and heat prevented him from pulling his little dog to safety, adding:
The floor in the living room was all on fire so there was nowhere for him to run out. Even if the smoke was this high. He was a short little dog. There was nowhere for him to go,”
Firefighters found the heroic dog dead inside of the structure after the flames were extinguished. The family mourns the loss of their companion, telling Fox:
“We adopted him as a pet, so we can only, I can only say he was a good dog. He only did what he could,”
Rest in peace Zippy.
(screenshot via Fox 13 News)
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