by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
We’ve all heard stories about dogs saving their owners from house fires and other disasters. Nevertheless, it’s always heartwarming to hear about the loyalty and courage of these heroic pets, especially those of small stature.
On Feb. 10, a fire broke out inside a 77-year-old woman’s room at an apartment complex in Busan, reports the Korea Bizwire. The resident, identified by her surname Kim, was sleeping when her dog Doong-ee began barking nonstop at 12:40 a.m. Once Kim awoke, she sensed thick smoke seeping into her room and fetched her dog. She quickly woke her 61-year-old son, and the two escaped their apartment barefoot. Twenty minutes later, the apartment was consumed in flames.
The local police told reporters that “the dog’s keen sense of smell and its barked warning ultimately saved their lives.”
Doong-ee is a 2-year-old Maltese that was adopted last year. The family said they are grateful for their brave little dog that saved them from the fire.
According to the Korea Bizwire, many Koreans prefer to adopt Maltese dogs as South Korea is populated with apartment complexes and toy-sized terriers take up less space. Not to mention, Maltese dogs are super adorable fluff balls.
Featured image via Yonhap/Korea Bizwire