CHICAGO — A 4-year-old Labrador mix, Bambi, barely escaped death after she was rescued from her burning home only to run back into the home in order to find her senior owner.
Early Tuesday morning, Sara Domaradzka ran out of her burning home while carrying Bambi. Before Domaradzka knew it, Bambi leapt from her arms and scrambled back into the house. It is almost as if she was desperately trying to find Domaradzka’s 69-year-old father, Piotr, who was still in the home.
“She ran back into the house to find [Sara’s] dad, and then they both got stuck there,” Domaradzka’s boyfriend, Alessandro Mininni, told the Chicago Tribune.
Firefighters emerged from the inferno with Piotr and they rushed him to the sidewalk where they worked on him because he had no vitals signs. He was immediately transported to the hospital where he remains in critical condition.
When they came out of the home with Bambi, she was in distress and was struggling to breathe.
“It looked limp,” said firefighter Mike Strachan. “I knew it had a heartbeat. I could feel it on my arm.”
Engineer Mark Andrade and Strachan placed a small oxygen mask on Bambi and noticed she would wag her tail every time they rubbed her chest. Mininni, Andrade and Strachan all knelt on the ground talking to Bambi. She kept wagging her tail.
She was going to be OK. She’s smiling.
Bambi was picked up in a blanket and rushed to the emergency vet. The good news is that she is stable and is expected to recover.
Although Bambi belongs to Domaradzka, her father began to form a close bond with the heroic pup. They were known to hang out and go one walks together. When the fire broke out Bambi couldn’t let her new friend disappear.
Never underestimate how fast a bond between man and dog can form. It could save your life!