One Australian family is showering their beloved Golden Retriever with treats after he saved them and their home from disaster. Northern Queensland is currently suffering some of the worst flooding in nearly a decade, so resident Jenna Wilson had been on high alert. She had made sure to check the level of the creek behind her family home before putting her children to sleep. Everything had looked fine at the time, but things changed rapidly.
At midnight, Jenna was woken to the sound of Rusty, the family’s pet dog, crying loudly. She quickly saw what was making Rusty distressed. Water was pouring into the house through the chimney, and floodwaters were rapidly approaching the house from outside. “I saw the water coming up, so I grabbed my kids, dog and cat and just ran,” Jenna said. In just a few hours, the house was completely flooded and Jenna and her family had lost most of their possession. But they escaped with their lives, thanks to Rusty’s warning. The heroic Golden Retriever was given a new collar, a bone and shampoo as a reward.
Rusty isn’t the first dog to have saved his family from dangerous floodwaters. Back in 2015, a family in South Carolina was woken by their three pit bulls urgently barking. The family saw that their front yard was underwater, and the dogs’ warning gave them enough time to escape.
“Thanks to these awesome pups we had enough time to get the important things to higher parts of the house and get them and us out safely,” said William Neff, one of the pit bulls’ owners
And during the Philippines floods, a rescue dog named Brownie alerted his family to rising floodwaters that had rapidly entered their home while they slept. After waking to find Brownie scratching at her hair, Brownie’s owner Rosita was panicked to find over a meter of water had already flooded the house.