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Gordo, a two-year-old, 52-pound Jack Russell terrier mix, seemed to be un-adoptable and was scheduled to be euthanized at the shelter last week, but at the last hour, a Pulaski woman saved his life.
Gordo returned the favor by saving the woman, Tanya Miner, and her other pets from a house fire early last Tuesday morning.
About midnight, a bag of dog food that had been placed on top of a stove caught fire from the oven light, and Gordo woke Miner and all the animals in the house. When Miner woke up, black smoke filled the house, and there were three-foot high flames leaping from the stove. Quickly, Miner began throwing buckets of water on the fire, knowing that the house would burn down before volunteer firefighters could get to the rural farm.
“I don’t know if he was trying to save our lives or save the food,” said Miner, jokingly.
Miner operates the non-profit animal rescue organization Miner Menagerie Animal Rescue and Sanctuary.
“I rescue animals that nobody would want to take in,” she says, noting that she has placed six animals in homes recently.
In addition to dogs and cats, she rescues horses, but also currently has a mule with cancer. Miner funds the rescue primarily, but it also depends on donations.
Miner has recently undergone back surgery, and a friend of hers stated that she could use some volunteers to help at the sanctuary. The rescue website may be found at www.loveanimalsanctuary.com
Donations may be mailed to Miner Menagerie, 1351 Sumac Road, Pulaski, TN, 38478. Donations are tax deductible.