An Indianapolis pit bull named Ace has officially become a hero! The AP reports that the dog saved his 13-year-old deaf owner, Nick Lamb, by licking his face repeatedly until he woke up.
"My dog licked my face and woke me up, I was like, 'Stop it! What? You want to be fed?'" Lamb said. "I thought he wanted to be fed or go outside. I couldn't hear anything because I had my cochlear implants off [but] my dog Ace smelled it. I just wanted to get out."
Lamb was home alone at the time of the fire, and was sleeping without his hearing aids, so odds are he probably wouldn't have heard the commotion until it was too late. After Ace woke him up, Lamb escaped the house by covering his face with his shirt. He even managed to grab one of his hearing aids on the rush out the door —- but no shoes!
Proceeding to call his mother and 911, Lamb, who was born deaf, told firefighters that he had just returned from summer camp three days prior. This was the first summer he'd been deemed old enough by his mother, Lindsay Bernard, to stay home alone. His mother credited Ace for saving her son's life.
"It's amazing, because if he wouldn't have been there, he probably wouldn't have even woke up," she said. Watch a video of Nick and his mother discussing the fire below. All in all, the fire is estimated to have caused $175,000 worth of damage.
As for the family cat, Pixie, firefighters found her inside the house. She showed some signs of smoke inhalation but was taken to the vet and is expected to make a full recovery.
Sure, the internet is obsessed with cats, but today, dogs come out on top.