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German shepherd saves ailing guardian from devastating Florida fire

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A young German shepherd is being hailed a hero after alerting her guardian to the presence of a devastating fire at his Pasco County, Fla., mobile home, reported Sunday's Daily News.

On Saturday morning, the dog, named "Trooper," scratched at the bedroom door that separated her from her slumbering guardian - barking to get the man's attention.

Thanks to Trooper's efforts, the man, whose name has not been released, woke up, opened the door and saw the flames in the living room. The dog's actions provided the pair with enough time to escape from the burning structure; neither were hurt.

Port Richey fire fighters arrived a short time later to extinguish the flames; the home, and everything inside, was completely destroyed.

Trooper's guardian, a veteran who has been diagnosed with cancer, acknowledged his companion's life-saving actions on Saturday morning. The police shared the following via a news release:

The owner stated that if it was not for Trooper he would not have made it out alive, and even though he has lost all of his belongings he was so thankful for making it out with his best friend,"

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