Watching his home ablaze, Jose Guzman knew he was about to lose everything, so he ran back inside and risked his own life.
He didn’t want to live without his dog.
According to KUSI News, Guzman, who works in construction and as a landscaper, pushed his way through the dark smoke, to the back of the house, where his two-and-a-half year old dog, Gabbana, was leashed up and huddled in the bathroom.
Moments later, they both came running out, singed from the raging fire.
Nearby, someone caught the rescue on video.
It wasn’t until he calmed down that Guzman realized his face and arms were burnt. Gabbana had lighter burns on her nose and paws.
Though his home was completely destroyed, Guzman is happy his family is safe, and that includes Gabbana.
“She’s been with us forever,” he said. “She’s part of the family. We love her.”
Watch the incredible rescue below!
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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