Hi there Paul,
It's just after 3am but we had to email you guys to let you know what Hope did tonight. She went out for a pee, and began to bark like mad...we thought she was just barking at perhaps some teenagers down below our property...we brought her in and she continued to bark as if something was really wrong, or we thought perhaps a bear around...she wouldn't let up....Hope forced my husband to go have a look outside on our deck and he smelled smoke .....he went around the side to see that the side of the mountain was on fire!!!! 2 houses down the fire was moving quickly ! She saved the lives of people in 2 homes...they were asleep, and are older folks...we cannot believe what an alert system she is!
Another hour or so we figure our home too would have been engulfed in flames!!!
Forest fires in BC can really take off when they get into the tops of trees...Hope was barking while this was spreading quickly through underbrush...this fire could have killed sooooo many people who were asleep and who reside along the forest...around 50 years ago this town did completely burn to the ground due to a forest fire...Hope just may have prevented a similar incident....
I am more grateful for her than I can even articulate....