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Lab mix saves his family’s life, but sacrifices his own in the process

labrador mix on snowy ground looking through gates dog-sad
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Doc the Labrador cross saved his entire family’s life one night when he warned them of a tornado just in time. Sadly, he did not survive the house’s collapse.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 27/09/2020, 12:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:25

When Darrin Crockett heard his dog Doc barking repeatedly in the middle of the night, he was annoyed. He kept telling Doc to be quiet, but the dog kept barking anyway.

And with good reason. Minutes later, Darrin received a tornado warning.

Tornado destruction

He had just enough time to go hide in a safe room with his wife, three daughters, and of course, Doc. But the tornado was so violent that the whole house was destroyed within seconds.

After the storm had passed, the family found themselves separated and crushed under piles of rubble. Thankfully, they only suffered minor injuries, and were able to find a way out. They could hear Doc whimpering, but couldn’t find him. 

Hero dog

The family searched and searched for hours. When they finally found Doc, he was badly injured. The poor pup was taken to the vet, where he sadly passed away shortly thereafter.

But Doc did not die in vain. Thanks to him, his whole family survived. If he hadn’t warned them in time, their lives might’ve ended that day too. To his family, Doc will forever be a hero.

Hear about their incredible story here:

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