Service Dog Saved Woman, But Died Rescuing Cat
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 18, 2006
SHEBOYGAN, WISCONSIN--Sunday night, Jamie Hanson lost her 100-year-old home, a cat, and her service dog, Jesse.
She does have her life, thanks to Jesse, her 13-year-old Labrador retriever and German shepherd mix.
Hanson, 49, told reporters at a tearful news conference Monday that she was watching TV when one of her cats jumped onto a table and knocked over a candle, which set some artificial plants on fire.
That's when Jesse brought Hanson the prosthetic leg she has worn since a car accident three years ago, and a phone to call 9-1-1. When the leg proved too hot to touch, Jesse started pulling Hanson by the pajamas toward the door.
Once Hanson was outside, Jesse ran back inside, apparently to rescue a cat.
That was the last she saw of the dog and that cat. The cat that inadvertently started the fire was found, alive, in the basement of the house, which was totally destroyed.
"She kind of took over as my caretaker," Hanson said of Jesse. "She would bring me drinks out of the refrigerator or a snack if I needed it. When I went to take a bath, she always brought the phone in and sat by the bathtub with me in case I fell."
Hanson was released from a local hospital after being treated for burns to her face and arm.
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