Firefighter And His Family Drive 600 Miles To Adopt A Dog Who Survived A House Fire
A Labrador-boxer mix named Lexi Ann underwent a traumatic experience when she lost all her babies in a terrible house fire. The pooch escaped with her life only because her plastic kennel melted in the heat and gave her a way out.
However, Lexi wasn’t entirely unscathed. Some parts of the crate stuck to her skin, causing extensive burns throughout her entire body.
Her distraught owners had no choice but to surrender her to a veterinary office. They just lost everything in the fire, and having to cover Lexi’s medical bills on top of that would be too much for them.
The Lab mix almost lost her life again as her family thought the only remaining option was to end her suffering by putting her down. Fortunately, Lexi’s sweet and friendly personality shone through her pain, which compelled one of the vet techs to contact an animal rescue.
Ruff Start Rescue, a nonprofit based in Minnesota, took in the Lab mix. They placed her in a foster home so she could fully recuperate before looking for a forever family.
Lexi’s foster parents loved her so much that they started an Instagram account so followers could come along with the canine on her journey to recovery. It was through this page that Sgt. Travis Oliver, a firefighter from Indiana, found out about the pooch.
Travis has been with the Lafayette Fire Department for 11 years, and he’s had to pull out countless pets from house fires — dogs, cats, hamsters, even fish tanks. Many of them weren’t as lucky as Lexi.
And even though they weren’t Travis’s pets, retrieving their lifeless bodies from the burnt remains of their houses still felt like a punch in the gut every single time. After all, he knew no fur parent would want to say goodbye to their pet this way.
Thus, when the firefighter learned of Lexi’s story of survival, he felt particularly drawn to her. It didn’t hurt that his wife had wanted another dog to accompany their first one, Odin, for the longest time.
Ruff Start Rescue didn’t usually adopt their dogs out of state, so they rejected Travis’s initial application. In no way did this deter the persistent dog lover, though. He wrote them a letter explaining how his experiences with pets as a firefighter made him feel connected to Lexi.
After a thorough discussion with Lexi’s foster parents, Ruff Start Rescue finally approved the adoption. Travis, his wife Deanna, and their daughter Skye immediately hopped on an RV and drove 600 miles to Minnesota to pick up the Lab mix.
With lots of love, care, and sunscreen, Lexi’s skin and soul healed over time. In her new Indiana home, she loves running around with Odin, helping Skye with her homework, and cuddling with Travis and Deanna.
The Olivers have since taken over the pooch’s Instagram account, and they hope her cute pictures inspire other animal lovers to give rescue animals a chance. Watch Lexi playing fetch in the video below:
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