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Service dog finds a special way to help firefighters tackle giant blaze

A team of firefighters battling a forest fire in California are getting some extra support from a furry (and very cute) little helper - an adorable service dog called Kerith!

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 07/09/2020, 21:00

Kerith the Golden Retriever was meant to be a guide dog. Unfortunately, she didn't pass her training. The reason? Kerith was just too loving. She was more interested in making new friends than getting down to serious 'work!'

Kerith was born to be a natural therapy dog

So Kerith became a therapy dog instead. And as you can imagine, she's amazing at it! The men and women from California's Marin County fire department certainly agree.

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They're currently tackling a huge forest fire. The days are long, hot, and extremely stressful. So Kerith makes regular visits to the station, where she spends a few hours hanging out with the crew. And this giant hearted pooch is having an amazing effect on her new human friends.

Heidi Carmen, Kerith's dog mum, explains: 

"She makes people feel loved, special, and important. One firefighter told me Kerith has the uncanny ability to make people feel like the most important person in the world."

Kerith loves firefighters

Kerith also spends time at local hospitals, schools, and care homes. In fact, she'll go anywhere to help cheer people up! But Kerith has definitely got a soft spot for firefighters!

“Kerith is a very special dog with endless love and affection to share with all who meet her,” Heidi said. “But her favourite people are firefighters.”