They are not called man's best friend for nothing. A German Shepard is being hailed a hero after she woke her owner up in the middle of the night after smelling gas.
Greta, the five-year-old German Shepherd started barking in the early hours of November 13 and would not stop, according to the Delaware News Journal. Owner Ken Walsh, who is from the Long Neck area of Delaware, said he was surprised as Greta usually is the quietest of the family's five dogs. Greta just wouldn't settle down and Walsh got out of bed to check up on her.
Greta led Walsh to the family kitchen where he smelt propane gas leaking from the stove into the air. It had filled several rooms putting Walsh, his wife and their 14-year-old son at risk. Breathing in or swallowing propane can be harmful as it takes the place of oxygen in the lungs. This can make breathing difficult or even impossible.
Greta was taken in by the Walsh family after having behavioral issues. "I rescued Greta knowing she was a great dog under her patchy past," Walsh told The Delaware News Journal. "She has come a long way. She's a hero."
Walsh encourages people to adopt pets from shelters instead of shopping at pet stores, and he says there is definitely a moral behind Greta's story. He believes that even dogs with behavioral problems can make a valuable addition to a family. His own family has five dogs and three cats. Walsh trains dogs and is in the process of starting a nonprofit animal rescue.
He took to Facebook, where he got thousands of likes, to ask people to help shelter animals this Christmas season: "They need love ... If you are looking for a forever friend, take a look at your local shelter."
"I thank God for bringing her into my life," a grateful Walsh said. He believes it was one of the family's other four dogs that accidentally turned the propane on while trying to jump on the kitchen counter.
Greta has been well-rewarded for her heroism, Walsh said. The family treated Greta to some well-deserved steak and sweet potatoes, and some delicious vanilla ice cream too.
German Shepherds are very popular in the U.S. They are intelligent and capable working dogs, whose devotion and courage are unmatched. They are amazingly versatile, excelling at almost anything they are trained to do and, above all, they are most faithful companions.