We have all heard the expression about "sparks flying," but in this case, a literal interpretation of the words is in order. For Mikaela Sebree and Todd Lavoie in Meridian, Idaho, sparks flying from an electrical outlet in their home this past August escaped their attention. Fortunately for them, their lovable 11-year-old Pug named Jaxon was on duty and leaped into action. (See my article on Sassy the Chihuahua.)
Jaxon began barking loudly
Todd finally noticed that something was wrong because there was a desperate "irregular tone and cadence" to the dog's barking that he had never heard before. He rushed to the home's lower level and immediately noticed sparks emanating from an outlet and its power strip. A fire extinguisher put out the potentially lethal blaze. (See my article on: The Cat Who Saved His Owner From Drowning.)
When Meridian Fire arrived on the scene, the department chief told the couple that if they hadn't put the fire out when they did and waited until the fire alarms were tripped, much of their home and its contents, not to mention their lives, could have been lost. Firemen checked the home for any hot spots before leaving, just to be on the safe side. (See The Cat Who Dialed 911.)
In the words of Meridian Fire Chief, Mark Niemeyer: "Certainly... the actions of this dog saved the house from potentially igniting, catching on fire and going up into the walls and the attic and causing significant damage." (See my article on the Lab Puppy That Saved a Child from Choking.)
Jaxon becomes the first animal to ever win Meridian's Hometown Hero Award
The town has honored courageous Jaxon with the hero award, an honorary fire-fighter's badge and a plastic fireman's hat, which he wears proudly for his adoring public. He is proof-positive that you don't have to be a human or even a Dalmation, to be a fire-house hero. He saved his owners from a potentially disastrous fire and deserves this honorary award never before given to a hero with four legs. Animals are not recognized enough for their heroic deeds. For those humans who love them, perhaps they forget that the animals love them back and while they cannot vocalize their affection, they demonstrate it in terrible moments like these. (See Lulu the Pot Bellied Pig.)
A picture and heroic action are both worth a thousand words, or in this case, a thousand barks. Way to go, Jaxon! Wear your fireman's hat with pride. To all you Dalmations out there, don't be jealous. Your time will come.