Karen B. London
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Dog Dish Saves The Day
Woman uses it to escape fire
Dog dish or lifesaving tool?

Susan Garcia was trapped in her basement during a house fire and used her dog’s dish to break out. She said it was the only metal thing she could find, and she used it to break a tiny window that is impossible to open. At the time, her husband was outside breaking windows trying to get to Susan, and screaming for her.


After Susan broke the window with her impromptu tool, she removed the glass shards and then tossed her dog out the window. She said, “I am not going to lose my dog.” Only after her dog was out, did she escape by crawling out with the help of her husband, who heard her as he came around to that side of the house.


There are so many stories of dogs and people saving each other in fires, but this is the first time I’ve heard of the dog dish having its role to play in the happy ending.



Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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