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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Formerly Chained Rottweiler Saves Family from Fire

A rescued Rottweiler saved a sleeping Livonia family from dying in a fire house Tuesday morning, Livonia Fire Marshal Don Donnelley said.
The dog kept nudging his owner until he got up and saw the smoke in the living room. The home did not have a functioning smoke detector.
Ironically, the family had just adopted the dog from a family in Detroit that no longer wanted it.  The family took Boomer in about a week before Christmas. The dog had been living outside, tied to a chain.
“They rescued him, and now he rescued them,” Donnelley said.
The fire started in a living room wall in the home on Rayburn between Merriman and Middlebelt. The family had had a fire in the fireplace the evening before, and the fire may have spread to the wall space through a hole in the brickwork, Donnelley said.
The 2-year-old Rottweiler, Boomer, alerted owner John Bates at about 5:15 a.m.
“He kept putting his cold nose right into my face. He was bouncing around,” Bates said, adding that that was unusual behavior for Boomer. The family’s other dog, a 1-year-old bull mastiff named Princess, was right behind Boomer.


  1. This goes to show you don't judge the breed.I have a 5 year old Rottweiler and she is the best dog I have ever had.
    Good work Boomer

  2. Just think of all the heroic acts this dog may have performed if he hadn’t been restricted to a chain until now!

  3. I just love this story, a chained dog who was rescued and found a new home. He is a rottweiler who saved his new family! Most people think rotties are going to bite them or something!

  4. I totally agree with you, both, anons.

  5. Watch for this story in the DDB enews...Dogs Deserve Better than life on a chain or in a pen.

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  6. Way to go Boomer and family ... proof positive that a chained/penned Dog is NOT a guard dog a watch dog maybe, yeah ... watching the world go by.
    People need to educate themselves about the treasure that they keep chained and isolated in their backyards. Only when there are no more kept chained/penned outside away from the family will Dogs Deserve Better's work be done.
    Help us today, visit and lets get man's best friend off of the chain out of the pen and into the home and family.

  7. I also think this story is great! I have been handling rotties for 20 years and they really are lovable, loyal and very predictable :-) scroll down for my rottie stories


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