Wednesday, June 27, 2012

He did good



With Agador being ill last week I failed to tell the story of one night that Tucker woke us up....


For ALL the right reasons.


Dear hubby was already sound asleep while I was reading late.  I shut off my light maybe near 11.  I was awoken but not eyes open awake by Tucker giving his puff barks.  Intermittently, enough to make me say "Tucker no bark" after hearing him for several minutes.  

Bark...bark....bark....

"Tucker no bark!"  "Tucker be quiet"  "Tucker GO TO SLEEP!"

I hear something that oddly sounds like a tractor tilling the hills of grass but I know this is absurd because you don't use a tractor in the night.  

Bark...bark...bark.  The sound of the "tractor" is clearly real.....

Husband seems to sleep on...lucky guy.

I open my eyes to rise up and give Tucker a what for when I see out our bedroom window flames.  We live in a semi-rural area of hills and little valleys and off far enough away but not so far that I can't hear and now I see, what Tucker has been barking at.


The sound of the "tractor" is of a house fire.  Our bedroom picture window spans a good portion of our bedroom wall to the front yard and we have nothing on our windows.  Flames are shooting in the air and it quickly reminds me of the house fire maybe 10 years ago that was at a home behind us over the hill.  That fire was very close and the sound it made was like this. 


"Good boy Tucker" I say after I rouse my husband.  "Fire!  Wake up call 911!"  The phone is on his side of the bed.  I haven't heard any sirens.  Can you believe it takes at least 6 long rings or so before anyone answers? They tell him they are on sight.  Really?  Doesn't look that way from our view with the mass of fire we see.


Several minutes later I hear some sirens.  Yes, now they are there.  I can tell without even seeing the home because of hills and trees, that this home is a goner.  I'm more worried of the dry California grass catching fire.  I hope these people have done their fire trimming of their property.  It's a breezy to windy night.  All the smoke is going north instead of our way, giving us a view and clean air.  


I'm so proud of Tucker for his alert to wake us up.  Stewie didn't make a peep.  In the future when Tucker does his barking, I'm going to pay attention, look and listen....


Good boy Tucker!

14 comments:

Nola said...

Just like Lassie! Good boy, Tucker!
Nola

Finn said...

What a good boy! I am glad you were safe too, and feel horribly for the other family. Finn rarely barks, I wonder if I would pay attention to her in a similar situation.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Tucker did VERY well. Mom says her sheltie had very sensitive ears. Tucker must have heard that "tractor" long before you did. Good boy, Tucker.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Bailey said...

Good job Tucker.

Meeka said...

Yay Tucker!

Two French Bulldogs said...

You are like Lassie
Benny & Lily

Nola said...

I've given you an award! http://dachshundnola.blogspot.com/2012/06/fires-awards-and-chicken-names.html

Sara said...

Wow, what a story. Tucker is a good boy, and I guess we all learn that we really should listen to our dogs.

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Puff barks - yes, Benji and I do the "puff bark" thing all the time. Thank goodness Tucker was persistent and knew to keep barking to wake you guys up.

Priscilla said...

Never forget the fact that we shelties have the best hearing!

Licks
Eva

tubby3pug said...

Tucker is a hero!

urban hounds

Debbie said...

What a good feeling to know that tucker is on watch!

pooky said...

Can ALWAYS depend on our four legged babies:)) Good job Tucker!
♥hugs♥
Bev

Bassetmomma said...

What a good boy!! I sure hope everyone from that house was okay!