• Heartwarming story...
    "He saved our lives"
    July 15, 2010, 6:48PM MT
    By Lani Baroody, Best Friends Network volunteer
    A 7-year-old pit bull terrier named Thor is being called a hero after
    alerting his owners to the fire and attempting to pull their 3-month-old
    daughter's bassinet out of harm's way.
    Most family pets earn rewards for good behavior, following directions or
    learning a new command ... Thor, a pit bull terrier from Bristol,
    Indiana, deserved every bite of his reward (a big t-bone) when he saved
    his family from an early morning fire that began in their home while
    they slept.
    Shortly after 3:00 a.m., Kemper Hunter and his girlfriend Sarah Laughlin
    were sound asleep - that is, until Thor hopped onto the bed and began
    jumping on them.
    Laughlin, shown left, shows Thor much deserved love after rescuing their
    family from fire.
    Annoyed, at first, the couple tried to go back to sleep. That is, until
    Thor insisted.
    "He bit me! Not hard, but he's never bit me before. So, I jumped up,"
    said Hunter, "When I looked down the hall, I saw the fire and he had
    already dragged the [baby's] bassinet to the front door."
    After waking the couple, the heroic pup pulled the bassinet, carrying
    3-month-old Shelby Hunter, closer to an escape route and closer to
    "He saved our lives," said a very grateful Hunter.
    Thor may have rescued the family, but it is Hunter who originally
    rescued Thor.
    Seven years ago, Hunter found a female pit bull terrier chained to a
    fence. No one was feeding or caring for her, so he took her in. Not long
    after, she died while giving birth to a litter of puppies. One of those
    puppies was Thor.
    Hunter has trained him to watch over the family's home and be a
    child-friendly pet, but Thor's reaction to the fire was not a learned
    "He just knew what to do," said Hunter.
    The family is safe and doing as well as can be after such a harrowing
    ordeal, but their home was severely damaged.
    Bristol Fire Department Assistant Chief Nick Kantz estimated the damage
    to the family's home to be $10,000, as reported by The Elkhart Truth
    Following the fire, the Elkhart County Red Cross
    provided a pet-friendly hotel room for
    the family for three nights.
    "After that, my uncle and his wife were generous enough to allow us to
    stay with them while we look for a new house," said Hunter.
    Unfortunately, finding a new home is not an easy task for pit bull
    terrier guardians in Elkhart County, Indiana - a proposed "pit bull" ban
    fell one vote short of being passed by the Elkhart City Council, earlier
    this year.
    Thor, shown right, is smiling now that his family is safe!
    Though they have inquired about moving into several homes, Hunter and
    Laughlin continue to be turned down, as many places do not allow pit
    bull terriers to be kept as pets.
    In the meantime, the couple feels lucky to have received such an
    outpouring of support.
    Hunter and Laughlin have been receiving donations (through the Red
    Cross) from all over the country.
    "So many people are donating baby stuff, which really helps," said
    Hunter, "Somebody from Florida even sent Thor a toy, a treat, a scarf
    and a poster-award."
    To watch the WSBT-TV news report about Thor and his family, please click
    out-of-burning-home-98024604.html?video=pop&t=a> .
    To read the Elkhart Truth's article about the proposed "pit bull" ban,
    please click here

  • Wow, what a story - another story that proves that pit bulls get a bad rap. I believe they are just like any other dog in that if they are raised well, they make great pets. This dog didn't just earn a steak - he should have a barrel full of bones to go with it!

  • Sadly, the link no longer exists, at least for me. I do think 'Pits' get a bad rap and others that just look like them too.

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