Hero dog saves 4 children from fire

Here’s a feel-good story to start your weekend!
Niles is a city of 11,600 in southeastern Michigan, bordering South Bend, Indiana.
There, a dog named Hector woke up his owners and alerted them to a fire raging in their next door neighbor’s home. Hector then woke up the neighbors and led their four children to safety.

From LifeWithDogs, April 23, 2013:
A fire in Niles, Michigan could have been a lot worse if a dog named Hector hadn’t come to the rescue. Not only did his barking alert his neighbors to the fire in their home, but he led their four children to safety.
Meagan Shell and her husband woke in the middle of the night when they heard Hector barking. It was unusual for Hector to be barking in the middle of the night, so Shell knew something must be wrong: “We knew something was going on, that something was wrong because he never barks in the middle of the night.”
Shell went outside to see what had alarmed Hector. The dog immediately ran over to the neighbor’s home and Shell followed. “All of a sudden we came around the corner and we saw smoke coming from the house next door,” said Shell, who immediately called 911 as Hector continued to bark at the neighbor’s home.
Then four children came running out of the home and Hector stopped barking.  The children had been sound asleep until Hector’s barking woke them up.
Shell told the children to grab onto Hector’s collar and then she told Hector to go home. Hector immediately led all the children to the safety of Shell’s home.
“I have never seen him react like that,” said Shell. “He was on a mission, he wasn’t trying to hurt anybody, he was trying to help.”
H/t FOTM’s CSM
~Eowyn

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josephbc69
7 years ago

Sometimes it takes a real crisis or other profound event to bring out both human and animal natures, to discover what we are capable of doing. As Heraklitus of Ephesus wrote, ca 550 BC, “Greater dooms win greater victories.” We cannot attain a greater goal unless we make the greater effort, as Hector did.

Trail Dust
Admin
7 years ago
Reply to  josephbc69

What a great quote! Thanks Josephbc69!

josephbc69
7 years ago
Reply to  Trail Dust

Glad you liked it. Heraklitus was a most unique fellow, judging from what history we have of him, and his total philosophic writing amounts to a very modest booklet. His most famous epigram is “You cannot step into the same water twice, for the water is flowing ceaselessly on.”

surfer
surfer
7 years ago

My awwwww…. for the morning. :o)

igor
igor
7 years ago

this dog hector has the instincts of a fireman

Lilly
Lilly
6 months ago

Great story. Only the dogs owner has never been married. There is and never has been a husband.

CalGirl
CalGirl
6 months ago

I learned long ago through a break-in at my upstairs neighbor’s apt to TRUST my dog! Always Always trust your dog’s barking or instincts. If they think something is wrong….it IS! The first little mutt of our married life (beagle/dachshund mix…my grandfather said that dog was “put together by a committee”) wakened us when he heard footsteps in the hall of the apt building where we then lived…we “shushed” him b/c…people came and went on different work shifts all the time and I had to be up to sub-teach in the AM…..BUT…he “smelled” an evil creeping in the hallway, different… Read more »