We read a lot in the news about Dachshunds and dogs who alert their families to house fires, and this is nothing new, as the phrase "Man's Best Friend" surely wasn't coined in our lifetime.
Fifty years ago today, on June 16, 1959, "Brownie," a 5-year old dachshund, was able to wake up his owners when a fire started in the kitchen of the family home on 321 Washington Ave., Jermyn, Pennsylvania. The owner was able to douse the fire with kettles of water. Source.
Long live Man's Best Friend.
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