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The dog nobody wanted amazes new owners with her warning of imminent danger

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A dog slated to be euthanized is thought to have saved the life of her new family. The German Shepherd cross is being hailed a hero by all who know her.

By Nick Whittle , 31 Oct 2019

Before she found her forever home, three-year-old Kailey’s future looked bleak. A year at DeKalb County Animal Services, Georgia, US without being rehomed meant the end was nigh.

Kailey’s attitude to strangers put off prospective owners. Jacqueline Berlin and Keith Santer-Perham, who fostered Kailey for several months during that time, said it was difficult to get people to adopt her because of her nervousness.

Her one issue was that something has happened to her in in her past,” Ms Berlin told FOX 5. “So that if you try to touch her and she did not know you she would snap at you.”

Such a trait can be off-putting for people who are keen to adopt a dog, especially those who have young children.

Forever home

It was Suzy Chandler who finally took the reins and invited Kailey into her home.

She is thankful she did, because in January 2017 the dog prevented what could have been a tragedy of epic proportions.

Recalls Ms Chandler, “All of a sudden she just started barking and looking at us and growling, like trying to get our attention and I said well what’s the matter with her?

Kailey directed Chandler to the side of the house. Unrelenting, the dog urged Chandler onwards.

She pulled me directly over to the side yard,” said Chandler.  “Right away I smelled overpowering gas and a loud whooshing sound.”

The gas leak was attended to by emergency services. Had it not been for Kailey, ignition would have destroyed Chandler’s house with her inside.

She is our hero dog because we do not know what the outcome could have been,” added Chandler.