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Adopted Puppy Rescues Family from Gas Leak

He may be only three months old, but Hunter, the black and white husky mix is one smart dog. Thanks to his canine smarts, this little dog that had only been adopted two weeks prior, saved the lives of his new family by alerting them to a gas leak.

Last Wednesday around midnight, Hunter woke owner Jill McLarty with nonstop whining. Thinking her puppy needed a bathroom break, she took him outside, but he just sat on the ground and continued to whine. She brought him back inside to her bedroom, but his whining only increased. Then he started running in frenzied circles and finally led McLarty into her kitchen. The smart pup then plopped down in front of the stove and that is when McLarty realized one of the burners was on very low, but enough to leak a lot of gas into the house where her whole family was sleeping.

Thinking back, McLarty realized the stove had been on since they made dinner nearly six hours prior. Shocked, she turned off the burner. Only then, did Hunter finally relax. He followed her back up to her bedroom and went right to sleep for the night.  ”He saved our lives, anything could’ve happened that night,” recalled Jill’s husband, Tim. “As cliché as it sounds,” he added, “the life you save may save yours.”

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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8:03AM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

Great story.

2:53PM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

what goes around comes around; they saved him, he saved them

8:44AM PDT on Jun 18, 2014

There is no greater heroes than our loving loyal pooches/animals!

2:24AM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

Awwww... Hunter is an adorable hero!! He knows he is loved and showed his love back by warning his people!

7:55AM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

Bravo that puppy! What a great story. :-)

2:48AM PDT on Apr 22, 2014


11:11PM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

Good karma.

11:04PM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

so many feels :) thanks for sharing :)

6:04AM PDT on Apr 5, 2014

Smart, persistent puppy figured out just what needed to be done and how to make himself understood. Pretty amazing.

10:30PM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

aww great

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