A Family’s Dog Knew Something Was Terribly Wrong in Their House. Here’s the Incredibly Heroic Thing He Did Next.

How Border-Aussie Bailey became a total hero.

house-burned-downCourtesy Robert Bova

Twenty-seven-year-old Randy Bova has his loyal Border-Aussie Bailey to thank for his life. As his beautiful home in Guilford, Connecticut went up in flames, it was Baily who came to the rescue, alerting his owner that something was awry.

Randy and Bailey were the only Bova family members home on June 25, 2016, in the house they share with Randy’s mother Lucy and younger brother Robert. Randy was listening to music in his bedroom when the fire started on the opposite side of the house. Bailey rushed to his door and began barking erratically, something that Randy recalls was uncharacteristic. Piqued by her strange behavior, Randy followed her downstairs to find the entire first floor filled with smoke.

Frightened, Bailey darted into her kennel, but Randy acted quickly. “Thankfully, Randy was able to grab Bailey and make it out the back door,” said Randy’s brother, Robert Bova.

house-burned-down-dogCourtesy Robert Bova

Only once outside did Randy realize the severity of the fire; they had escaped just in time to discover the scorched remains of his childhood home. “The truth is that Bailey was just very easy to train, she’s a very special and bright dog. I’ve always loved her, but now I owe my life to her as well,” Randy wrote in a post on Facebook.

Robert Bova started a GoFundMe account to raise money for his family’s expenses, and Robert says he has been overwhelmed by the response of family, friends, and strangers. “It is a unique feeling of sorrow when you lose the house you grew up in. It feels as if both my brother’s childhood memories and mine can never be replaced.” Robert wrote on the GoFundMe page. “But we are extremely happy everyone is healthy and safe.”

As for the heroic pooch? “Bailey has been receiving a lot of attention since the incident,” Randy says. “She relishes being in the spotlight.”

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest