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 Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer whose clinical work over the last 17 years has focused on the evaluation and treatment of serious behavioral problems in dogs, especially aggression. Karen has been writing the behavior column for The Bark since 2012 and wrote The Bark’s training column and various other articles for eight years before that. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, and teaches a tropical field biology course in Costa Rica. Karen writes an animal column, The London Zoo, which appear in The Arizona Daily Sun and is the author of five books on canine training and behavior. She is working on her next book, which she expects to be published in 2017.