Superior Puppy Finally Home After Surviving Fire

Posted at: 03/31/2013 6:42 PM
Updated at: 03/31/2013 10:48 PM
By: Laurie Stribling

A puppy from Superior is released from a veterinary clinic after being rescued from a house fire.

"From what the house looks like and from the smoke I saw and the damage, it's a miracle to me that he made it through this," dog owner Josh Pionk said.

The dog, Rush, is only four months old, but he already has a tale of survival. He was found unconscious Friday in the basement of Pionk's burning home. The dog was given oxygen on the scene and was treated at a veterinary clinic, but Sunday he was able to go home.

"I'm just really happy that he made it through everything," Pionk said. "Another ten minutes and I don't think the dog would have made it."

The vet told Pionk that Rush had a 50/50 shot at survival, but Sunday it looked like the puppy is making a full recovery.

"He's just your typical beagle," Pionk said. "He's already running around being a brat, smelling and sniffing."

While Pionk's holiday weekend was stressful, he said the silver lining made all the difference.

"It happened on Good Friday," Pionk said. "It wasn't the best Friday, but it was a blessing to have everyone safe over the weekend and it turned out to be a good Easter."

Rush spent Easter at Pionk's father's home. The two, along with Pionk's two sons, will now be renting a place until their home can be repaired.

No one else was home at the time of the fire Friday.