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Update 03/08/2008: Snopes.com has reported that while the picture is real the description is inaccurate. For more information scroll to the update at the bottom of the story.
I just recently received this email again. This story has been circulating around the internet for years, but I love both the story and the picture. Here’s the exact story as I received it again in an email.
Appreciating a good deed
He had just saved her from a fire in her house, rescuing her by carrying her out of the house into her front yard, while he continued to fight the fire.
She is pregnant.
The firefighter was afraid of her at first, because he had never been around a Doberman before.
When he finally got done putting the fire out, he sat down to catch his breath and rest.
A photographer from the Charlotte, North Carolina newspaper, “The Observer,” noticed this red Doberman in the distance looking at the fireman.
He saw her walking straight toward the fireman and wondered what she was going to do.
As he raised his camera, she came up to the tired man who had saved her life and the lives of her babies, and kissed him, just as the photographer snapped this photograph.
And people say animals are dumb – yeah right.
A great story and great picture. I hope everyone enjoyed this one again.
Updated 03/08/2008: One of our readers, Carole sent me an update to this story from Snopes.com.
According to Snopes.com the picture is real, but the description is inaccurate. Here’s the quote directly from the firefighter, Jeff Clark with the Charlotte Fire Department:
We didn’t do anything (special) to save Cinnamon. When we have a house fire, we have to do a primary search. There could be people home and inside. Our first major concern is life safety. That house was full of smoke and we couldn’t see it very well. All I saw was a dog run out, and one was (already) in the backyard. I think Cinnamon got out the door herself.
The dog approached me. As soon as I knelt down and took my mask off, Patrick was coming around the corner of the house and took the picture.
Below is the story circulating around the internet. Here’s the link to the full story at Snopes.com: Animal Gratitude. Thank you Carole for sending me this updated information.