Video: Dog saves family from fire, made honorary firefighter

Teddy, a golden retriever, awoke one family member by bumping into the bed and running in constant circles in the room


Democrat and Chronicle

LIVONIA, N.Y. — Typically, Teddy — a golden retriever — would not have been at the Livonia home.

But his owner, Barbara VanZandt, was traveling to Kuwait for an international teaching program on Oct. 6, and left her pet with other family members. Because she did, that family is alive. Around 2:30 a.m. that morning, Teddy, who had been sleeping downstairs, dashed upstairs and awoke one family member by bumping into the bed and running in constant circles in the room. The antics were not meant to annoy; instead, Teddy alerted the family that the first floor was quickly becoming engulfed in smoke.

With that warning, the family and its pets — dogs and a cat — escaped a fire that quickly swelled in size. The house on Pennemite Road was a near total loss. On Saturday, the Livonia Fire Department honored Teddy with a framed plaque and a badge to adorn his collar.

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