MARIETTA: Final act for rescued dog is to save his owner | News
MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta man is mourning the loss of his best friend, an animal saved from the pound whose final act was to rescue his owner from a burning home.
"He saved my life," said Scott Dunn. "I love him so much."
Dunn and his 3-year-old boxer Duncan were asleep together on the couch when the pup started barking and pawing at his owner.
"He woke me up," said Dunn. "I couldn't see him because of all the smoke. I looked to my left, and all of the bedrooms were on fire."
It was 3:00 in the morning. Dunn grabbed his pet by the collar and the two made it out of the home. After moving his car out of the car port, Dunn realized Duncan was gone.
For some reason, the dog had run back inside the burning home.
"I still had his collar in my hand," said Dunn. "I ran back in the house, but I didn't make it to the kitchen sink. It was too hot.
"I screamed his name multiple times," said Dunn. "He didn't come."
Duncan had a rough beginning to his life. Dunn says the dog was apparently abused and wound up in a shelter. Dunn was among those who helped rescue the pup.
As his final act, Duncan returned the favor.
"I don't care about losing everything in that house," said Dunn. "That's material stuff."
Neighbors and friends have offered Dunn clothes, a place to stay, and a new puppy.