Dog Saves Owner From House Fire by Nudging Him With Nose

Name a better pet than Curly. We’ll wait.

The brave dog saved his owner from a house fire that destroyed part of their South Carolina home.

Brian Rand told CNN affiliate WJCL he found his best friend at an animal shelter three years ago.

“Right from the start, he just attached to me,” he told the news station. “He picked me.”

Rand, a Vietnam veteran, lives by himself and only woke up Monday morning after his dog began poking him with his nose, the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department said.

“I got up and started walking, as soon as I walked by the hallway the house was overly smoky,” he told the news station. “Then I saw the flames through the side window.”

Rand's home after the fire.
Rand’s home after the fire. (The City of Beaufort Fire Department/Facebook)

Rand was able to get out of the house with Curly and call 911, the fire department said. Authorities were able to save some of his belongings, including his war medals, WJCL reported.

Now, Rand says his home looks like a “disaster.” The fire damage was extensive, the affiliate reported.

“I forget what it used to look like,” the veteran said.

But they both made it out all right.

So, we’re not saying adopting a dog could save your life but … it could.

Dog Ownership May Lower Risk of Dying: Study

Dogs Could Add Years To Your Life.

That’s According To New Research From The University Of Toronto.

Researchers Analyzed Data From Four Million People In Six Countries.

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File image of a husky dog. (Joe007/Pixabay)

They Found Dog Owners Had A Lowered The Risk Of Dying Early By 24-percent.

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For Those Who Already Had A Heart Attack, The Risk Of Dying Was Lowered By 31-percent.

A Major Factor Could Be Pet Owners Who Walk Their Dogs Got Up To 30 Minutes Of Exercise A Day.

white dog with toys
File image of small white dog chilling in front of a sofa with stuffed animal toys. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

Studies also show that petting dogs can reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and depression.