This good boy went from eating shoes to saving the neighborhood in 6 years.
Meet Hank. Hank is a good boy. He wasn’t always a good boy, as we find out quite early on in this Twitter story, but he soon becomes so good that he’s hailed as a neighborhood hero.
We get this story from Twitter user Ulysses S. Cocksman, who posted it up along with a few photos of Hank last Saturday. He reveals that when Hank was a puppy he somehow ate a pair of his wife’s slippers, but we can forgive Hank a little bit of footwear consumption. After all, he was a puppy, and he eventually makes up for it later.
Six years later and it’s last weekend. Hank is barking up a storm and Mr. Cocksman has no idea why. His wife and kids are asleep while Ulysses is at the tail end of a movie in another room. He gets up to calm Hank down and notices that his backyard is glowing, which is what Hank was barking at.
I want to tell you a story about Hank, and I want you to know that it has a happy ending. This is Hank 6 years ago. pic.twitter.com/YLXcJYAw9C— Ulysses S. Cocksman (@USCocksman) March 23, 2019
No, it wasn’t an alien spaceship. It turns out that Cocksman shed had somehow caught fire and had already become an inferno thanks to paint, gas, and various other combustible materials inside. The surrounding trees were already going up, and there was little time to act.
Within a few hours of that reminder, at midnight last night, Hank started barking from the living room. My wife and kids were asleep, I was finishing up a movie in another room. Hank would not shut up.— Ulysses S. Cocksman (@USCocksman) March 23, 2019
First, Ulysses called 911 and got fire rescue on the way. Next, he went upstairs to wake up the wife and kids and get them to safety, along with both Hank and the family’s other dog. By then the fence had caught fire and was threatening the neighbor’s shed too. So he went over to the neighbor’s house, woke them up, and made sure they got to safety.
We got everyone up, 911 on the line, the whole family and both dogs out front in what felt like a few seconds. The fence and the neighbor's shed went up like a torch. We were able to wake her up and get her kids and dog outside just as the fire crew got there.— Ulysses S. Cocksman (@USCocksman) March 23, 2019
Right about the same time the fire had reached Ulysses’ house is when the fire crew arrived. They doused the flames within minutes and managed to save both houses. They were singed, but still standing and relatively unharmed.
The fire spread to the back of our house the same minute the firefighters got the hoses to it. A minute or two more, and it was gone. Instead, everyone is safe, and we still have a house. It's black and crispy on one side, but it's totally intact.— Ulysses S. Cocksman (@USCocksman) March 23, 2019
Now, Hank is being hailed a hero who saved two houses and two families. "This is him today, 6 years after eating some shoes, 15 hours after saving our house and family,” wrote Ulysses on Twitter. “He can have all the shoes and steak he wants, and I will never get mad at him for barking, ever again. 15/10, the very best boy. "
This is him today, 6 years after eating some shoes, 15 hours after saving our house and family. He can have all the shoes and steak he wants, and I will never get mad at him for barking, ever again. 15/10, the very best boy. pic.twitter.com/GsJYQKd9FA— Ulysses S. Cocksman (@USCocksman) March 23, 2019
We couldn’t agree more.