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Rescued dog returns the favor, saves owner from carbon monoxide poisoning

Rescued Dog Returns the Favor, Saves Owner from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
A man in California might have rescued his German shepherd Max, but, as "Fox & Friends" explains, this time around it was Max who was doing the rescuing.

'80-year-old Jack Farrell was fast asleep when carbon monoxide flooded his home in California. Max woke up and dragged his owner out of bed.'

Marin Independent Journal reports Farrell awoke in a daze with Max's paw on his face. Max tugged on his owner so hard, Farrell began to bleed. Confused by his dog's behavior, Farrell called 9-1-1 to report multiple dog bites.

'Out here in the kitchen I finally woke up and wondering what the hell was going on because he was kinda holding my arm and I'm bleeding like hell so that's when I called 9-1-1,' Farrell told KOIN.

The Novato Patch reports firefighters soon discovered there was more to this story.

'After ensuring the dog was secure, fire crews began to treat the man for his injuries, but then noticed that the patient seemed slightly unstable while walking and upon entering the house they encountered a strong smell of natural gas.'

That's when crews tested the house and found lethal levels of carbon monoxide ... something KPIX reports could have easily killed Farrell.

'We took a reading of the environment and we found 75 parts per million and, to put that into perspective, we don our breathing gear at 25 parts per million. He saved my life that's all I can tell you.'

Firefighters say a faulty wall heater is to blame for releasing those deadly levels of carbon monoxide. As for Max and Farrell, Farrell says he's more than willing to reward Max with his favorite thing -- a ride around town in the back of Farrell's pickup truck.

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ooo March 06 2014 at 2:55 PM

good boy!

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fclown01 March 07 2014 at 5:21 AM

great dog ,,they are so smart,listen to your pets it could save your life

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gbarh March 07 2014 at 5:23 AM

Dogs are the most faithful partner and friend a man can have, bar none. They will never steal,lie,cheat, and will always be happy to welcome you, even if you have only been gone 10 minutes. ALWAYS LOYAL AND ALWAYS THERE.

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Hi Marilyn M March 07 2014 at 5:24 AM

HIHiMarilynM This article is proof that Dog is Man's Best Friend.. and Farrell is blessed that his Rescued friend was alert to the danger..

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barb March 07 2014 at 5:25 AM

We had a cat that saved our lives the same way...our whole cellar was loaded with lethal monoxcide...levels....he got sick downstairs and was gagging...and we raced him to the vet and on the way he got better cause he was breathing good air outside...meanwhile i had called the fire department and the gas company...because my older son said he felt sick too...the fire department said it was probably the dryer...but the gas compamy took a reading and the levels were deathly high...450....he wouldn't leave till we aired andblew it out with fans to 10...it was a leaking pipe of the water heater...my younger son had a bedroom down there...i live in an area where a girl died while sleeping overnight at a friends house...thus the Amanda law came into being....needless to say we have detectors now...thank god for animals instincts

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jack March 07 2014 at 5:26 AM

great dog great story for a change

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kohel3of3 March 07 2014 at 5:28 AM

I love hearing these stories. Great dog, "MAX" I would love a dog like you. Happy the owner and dog are fine. Happy stories, Happy endings....:)

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rockermn March 07 2014 at 5:30 AM

Way to go MAX..His owner ought to reward Max with more than a ride around town in the back of his pick-up truck..He should make his favorite dinner,which is probably STEAK...

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welcome March 07 2014 at 5:36 AM

He should have listened to his dog in the first place but I am glad he called 911 Thank God for Max

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Linda March 07 2014 at 5:38 AM

Mans best friend...........

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TOOTTIE Linda March 07 2014 at 6:16 AM

and women also

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TOOTTIE TOOTTIE March 07 2014 at 6:20 AM

my pets 7 in all get treated like children, from brushing and washing thier face to changing the pj's, to a clean new outfit everyday most of my friend say i have 7 children not animals lol

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