Early Sunday morning in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, a Chow Chow/Golden Retriever mix was heard barking.
Unusual for the 10-year-old dog to be barking at that hour, neighbors were awakened and ultimately alerted to the fire that was engulfing the home of Che and his owner, Andrea Bulat.
“Her dog, Che… the dog’s really protective of her,” Anthony Daly, a neighbor of Bulat’s, told Action News. “When I looked out the window you could see the flames. The whole first floor was engulfed.”
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Now dubbed a hero, Che was found lying on top of an unconscious Bulat, Action News reports. This act is thought to have prevented Bulat, who was rushed to Temple University Hospital, from being burned completely. She is currently in critical condition and has burns on more than half her body, according to Action News.
It has been reported that firefighters resuscitated Che with oxygen and that he was brought to Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.
One of those firefighters surprised Che with a visit, Red Paw Emergency Relief Team posted on Facebook. The dog is “eating and went outside for a short walk this morning. He is still on oxygen to help him breath, but we are very optimistic that he is over the hump and will be released in the next day or so!”
Che, our hero #firedog got a surprise visit from one of the Philadelphia Fire Department firefighter's that rescued him…
Here’s hoping for a full and speedy recovery for Che.