Rescued Puppy Has Lots Of Licks For Firefighters Who Saved Her Life

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
Asheville, North Carolina Firefighters were recently reunited with a puppy they saved from a fire in October, and the puppy had lots of kisses to give for her heroes!

In October 2016, Asheville, NC firefighters responded to a home fire in the River Arts District of Asheville. First Responders Mike Stageman, Joshua Adell, Bently Andres and Zachary Bass got to the fire shortly before 4:00 a.m., and found a dog nestled underneath a pile of clothes for protection. The men could barely see her move, but when they got to her, Bass said that she was lifeless and felt like a rag-doll, so he put an oxygen mask on her.

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The 12-week-old puppy, named Hex, was brought to an emergency animal clinic, the Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital, where Dr. Jeff Johansson said that her prognosis was not great. They performed surgery and skin removal, which was tough on them and on her, but… Hex clearly had a fighting spirit and pulled through like a champ. l

Dr. Johansson said that when she woke up from her first surgery, even after all she went through, her tail was happily wagging like a playful pup’s would and should.

When the Asheville Humane Society gave the firefighters a well-deserved award for animal rescue, it was only fitting that Hex was in attendance and showed her gratitude as well. Wearing a dress fit for such a happy occasion, Hex gave her rescuers lots of kisses, and the men returned the love as well, thrilled to see her doing as fabulously as she was.

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The firefighters say they will always have a special place in their hearts for Hex, and Bass even volunteered to babysit Hex if ever the need exists–he says that his own Golden Retriever would love to play with Hex.

And of course, Hex will always be welcome at the station, where she and her heroes will share a lifetime bond.

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