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Heroic dog who dragged injured owner from burning home honored

Dhicon_thumb By DogHeirs Team | May 06, 2013 | Comments (4)

Bella saved her owner's life by dragging him from a burning home
Bella, a 2 year old Bernese Mountain Dog from Milton, Nova Scotia was inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame for saving the life of Chris Larocque

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Bella, a 2-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog, was honored for her courage, determination and fearless devotion, after being inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada this morning.

Bella's owner, Chris Larocque, said he would not be alive today had it not been for Bella's act of bravery.

One afternoon last November, Chris was home alone and while checking on his lunch in the oven, an ankle injury that he had sustained from a past automobile accident acted up. His ankle gave out and he fell, hitting his head. On the way down, the cloth he had in his hand grazed the elements in the oven and caught fire, quickly moving up his arm, and onto his clothing. In desperation, he removed his shirt and threw it against the wall, causing the kitchen walls to catch fire.

Chris quickly realized he couldn't get up on his own because of his injuries so he desperately called for his dog Bella. Fortunately, he was able to grab onto Bella's collar and, with his coaching, she pulled him out of the burning house. Without Bella, there is no doubt in Chris' mind - or his family's - that the house would have burned down with him still in it and he wouldn't be here today.

Bella was honored for her heroism

"Without Bella's devotion, strength and courage I would have died in the fire that destroyed my home," said Chris. "She is truly our family hero, and we're so happy that Bella is being recognized for her life-saving efforts by the Purina Animal Hall of Fame."

Bella was honored for her heroism
Bella with Chris Larocque


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Comments on this Article

There is a moment in the video where he's telling his story and they cut video of him moving toward his oven with Bella on the kitchen floor, and you just know she's thinking, "Oh no, not again" ;) Also doesn’t Purina breed Begals and subject them to a caged life of isolation, devoid of positive social contact and cruel experiments?
Bravo, Bella! <3 being man to up live you><3
Chris I'm glad that you and Bella are okay. Bella you are a hero and deserve your award. The way we show are dogs that they are our heros is by showing them are love and affection every day. Beautiful story.
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