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An unwanted Rottweiler who had been living outside tied to a tree was rescued by a Livonia, MI man. Boomer came to live with his...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Mar 28th 2009


An unwanted Rottweiler who had been living outside tied to a tree was rescued by a Livonia, MI man. Boomer came to live with his new owner about a week before Christmas, he ended up being the best gift John Bates ever received. He rescued Boomer, now Boomer has rescued him.

Early Tuesday morning there was a house fire where Bates, his girlfriend, and her two daughters live.

The fire started in a living room wall in the home on Rayburn between Merriman and Middlebelt. The family had had a fire in the fireplace the evening before, and the fire may have spread to the wall space through a hole in the brickwork, Donnelley said.

The 2-year-old Rottweiler, Boomer, alerted owner John Bates at about 5:15 a.m.

“He kept putting his cold nose right into my face. He was bouncing around,” Bates said, adding that that was unusual behavior for Boomer. The family’s other dog, a 1-year-old bull mastiff named Princess, was right behind Boomer.

“I thought they had to go the bathroom real bad,” Bates said.
He got out of bed, let them out the front door, turned on the light in the living room and saw 4 to 8 inches of smoke on the living room ceiling coming from around the fireplace.

He woke up his girlfriend, Lisa Bowden, and her two daughters, Monica, 11, and Julia, 18, who got safely outside the house.

Bates moved into the residence in November, at that time he checked one of the smoke detectors but found the battery wasn’t working. He didn’t bother replacing it. The fire marshall on the scene emphasized the importance of making sure all smoke detectors are in working order.

If it wasn’t for Boomer the family would have died. I have the feeling he will never have to worry about being unloved again. Way to go Boomer, you are Dogster’s dog hero of the day.

* If you’re looking for a lifesaver you can adopt Buck, he’s a handsome 2-year-old rottie mix. Adoptable w/in 50 miles of Lowell, IN.