Drew Smith wasn't too sure about adopting Carl the rescue pooch at first. The Spaniel crossbreed had some serious dental issues, and Drew was worried about the cost of any potential vet bills.
But after mulling it over for a few days, Drew decided that he couldn't leave poor Carl in the animal shelter. This dog needed a home, and Drew had lots of love to offer.
You saved me, now I save you!
And now Carl has returned the favour in the best possible way - he saved his dog dad's life. The sharp-nosed pooch caught a whiff of fire as his owner slept.
The normally placid Carl then barked the house down until his dad woke up. Drew thought Carl needed to do some business outside but quickly noticed smoke filling up the apartment. He then took himself and his dog to safety and called the emergency services.
Firefighters think the fire had been smouldering in the wall for days. And without clever Carl around to smell the danger, it would have broken out into the apartment and put Drew's life in serious danger.
Drew deserves his extra treats!
Drew and Carl are now back at home, where this super-smart wonder dog is enjoying a few more treats than usual. He certainly deserves them!