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Quick-thinking Cockapoo saves owners after fire breaks out

Pickle and friend sit together outside dog-serious
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Pickle is being hailed a heroine. If it wasn't for her expert training and persistence, the two-year old mixed breed and her human parents would have likely perished.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 21/02/2020, 22:00

Kirsten Callander, her fiancé Matt, and Pickle have lived in York, England for two years. Ms Callander has Meniere's disease: a disorder of the inner ear that leaves her deaf in both ears.


Pickle was trained by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Hearing dogs help people who are deaf or hard of hearing. They are trained to alert their handler to crucial day-to-day sounds, such as doorbells, smoke alarms, telephones and alarm clocks.

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Fire breaks out

On the night of the fire, Callander was woken by Pickle jumping onto the bed, as she would do when it was time to get up in the morning.


She was very persistent,” Callander told The Metro. “She kept on tapping me with her head and licking me. She jumped off the bed and showed me the sign for danger which is her lying on the floor. It was then that I could start to smell smoke.

“Pickle was still showing me the sign for danger and then I looked through the peep hole in the front door. 

“I could see flames and smoke billowing out. I ran back to Matt and told him Pickle had shown me there was a fire and that we needed to get out as quickly as we could.” 

The couple escaped unharmed as did the other residents of the apartment block, all thanks to Cockapoo Pickle!