A rescued dog has saved his family from a house fire.
Wilbur, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, was surrendered to Dogs Trust in December and adopted by a new family in January of this year.
The family says their dog saved their life after he barked frantically during the night to wake them as their house was being engulfed in flames.
Not all heroes wear capes… Some of them like Wilbur here, have fur coats
Normally a quiet dog, he saved his family from a fire that was engulfing their home, by barking frantically to wake them. Read more about the heroic hound: https://t.co/pMg14s823L#HeroHound #WhoRescuedWho pic.twitter.com/afdGPELhMY
— Dogs Trust Ireland (@DogsTrust_IE) September 13, 2022
Wilbur's adopter says, thanks to him, they were able to quickly and safely leave the burning house. "Wilbur saved both mine and my son’s life"
"If it wasn’t for the fact he barked until I woke to alert us something was wrong, I would never have known the house was on fire until it was too late. He is undoubtedly a hero in our eyes and forever our most loyal friend.”
Dogs Trust says it's not surprising at Wilbur's heroics, as Rhodesian Ridgebacks were originally bred for their bravery and to protect the family home.
Sandra Ruddell, Assistant Manager at Dogs Trust Ireland says, “Wilbur’s family gave him a second chance in life by adopting him, and in turn, he saved their lives and their home. We are so grateful that everyone is okay, and that the family and Wilbur could get to safety."