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Wayne & Buddy: Dog Saves Owner From Burning Truck
Our Trucking Dogs story received such great responses, and we wanted to share one of our favorites.
Driver Wayne Stone, Sr. sent in this story about how his beloved Pomeranian “Buddy” saved his life – literally.
Wayne & Buddy’s Story
I have a great pet. A 15-year-old Pomeranian named “Buddy.” He is the reason I’m alive and well today.
I had had a long day, and after finding a place to park for the night, I was probably asleep before I got all the way in my bed. I was in a conventional tractor, 53′ dry van, and was loaded with salt.
I’d been asleep about two hours when Buddy started barking and bouncing on my bed and my chest. I have no idea how he was able to get me to wake up, but he did. The first thing I grabbed was him, and the rest is history. We both made it out of the truck, and My Hero Buddy still rides beside me today.
If you have any loved ones who drive trucks, please tell them what happened to me and encourage them to adopt a pet. If pets are not for them, at least get a smoke detector. It’s not often a truck will burn up, and the driver dies, but it does happen. A detector is a small price to pay. God bless.