It does not get any more heroic than this - a dog that saved a life and a family that will always be forever grateful. Here's his amazing story as told by his grateful owner:
"Tyson is a two year old American Pitbull Terrier. He came into my family’s life in December of 2009 when he was saved from breed specific legislation. I never knew what a blessing Tyson was going to be by bringing him into our family. We often fostered many dogs for our local animal shelter and Tyson was always by my side helping those dogs find their forever homes. He has become an amazing representation of his breed and is always looking for belly rubs when we go on our daily walks. In July of 2010 we were fostering a mother dog and her ten puppies. I had left the room to bottle feed the puppies when Tyson and my son, Joshua, were relaxing in the living room.
"Within a couple of minutes I heard Tyson hysterically barking. This is not typical for Tyson as he is generally quiet. I assumed someone was walking by or it was the mail man and I ignored his unusual barking. When I came back up the stairs I realized my home was completely smoke filled and black. I could hear some thumping and Tyson still barking. Tyson was dragging our one year old son from the living room into safety. After the fire department arrived and we were allowed into the home to see the damage done, I realized how lucky we were. The reclining chair Joshua was napping on with his crocheted baby blanket was filled with burn marks and ashes. This amazing dog was a blessing in disguise and he will remain a part of our family for the rest of his life. In my eyes he will always be our hero and our best friend."
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