As dog owners, we have come to be familiar with our dogs’ natural instincts and behavior. We understand our pets through how they act. So when they become agitated, it means that they sense a threat to themselves or their family.
Kailey, a rescued puppy, was nearly euthanized at an animal shelter. Keith Santer-Perham and Jacqueline Berlin, the couple who rescued her from the shelter, took her in as their foster pet. The shelter staff believed that people physically assaulted Kailey in the past, as she frequently avoided them.
Keith and Jacqueline were unconcerned with Kailey’s past and resolved to help her regain her faith in humanity. As soon as they brought Kailey home, they showed her affection and made her feel like a true family member.
Kailey’s behavior toward her owners improved over time, and she regained her confidence in humans.
Kailey’s behavior had improved to the point where she was finally adoptable. Eventually, a woman named Suzy Chandler adopted her.
The dog acclimated to her new home and family, and she became the ideal family pet.
One day, though, Kailey’s behavior changed abruptly. She appeared to be perpetually irritated and refused to cease snarling. Suzy was frightened by Kailey’s eccentric behavior. She realized, however, that Kailey’s odd behavior must have been prompted by something in the house that she perceived as a threat.
Suzy was aware that Kailey would never snarl and bark without provocation. She decided to explore by tethering Suzy and allowing her to guide her to the source of her distress.
As soon as Suzy opened the entrance to her backyard, Suzy began to yank on the leash and immediately headed to a corner. Kailey continued to growl, and Suzy ultimately detected a distinctly recognizable scent, which horrified her. She also heard the sound of gas escaping. Concerned, Suzy dialed 911 and evacuated her family.
Fortunately, emergency services arrived in time to remedy the gas leak. The gas may have ignited and created an explosion if not for Kailey.
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