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A two-year-old French Mastiff or Dogue de Bordeaux named Kaiser will get a big juicy bone from a butcher shop as a reward for alarming her owner of an arson.

Kaiser’s timely barks saved the lives of the young woman and her three children–a four-year-old daughter and couple of 14-year-olds. The noise created by the French Mastiff got the attention of her sleeping owner of the arson that had blazed the front doorway of her three-room house in Farebrother Street, Grimsby.


A French Mastiff or Dogue de Beordeaux. Image by Jan Steiner from Pixabay

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Police are hunting an arsonist who they say deliberately set alight the door using petroleum pushed through the letterbox. Fortunately, the mother had taken down the coats that the family usually hang by the doorway.

When the French Mastiff smelled smoke coming from the front doorway, she incessantly barked.

The young mother was so thankful that she promises to give Kaiser the special bone treat. She acknowledged that if not for her French Mastiff waking her up, they “wouldn’t be here.”

A neighbor relayed that before the arson, she had seen a blue car circling the block before parking in nearby Patrick Street. She had since passed on the registration number of the blue car to police who are investigating the crime.

There are dogs like Kaiser who are so acutely aware of a threatening fire that they have become the best fire detectors for their owners. They not only have a strong sense of detecting smoke but also have a great ability to hear flames. They have inherited this trait from the wolves, the dogs’ ancestors, who can sense if a fire is advancing toward their den.

Learn more on how dogs can e utilized to detect arson in the following YouTube video by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI):

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