Don and Stuart were just like any other couple. They shared many interests and hobbies, making them an ideal fit. One of their common interests was animals, mainly dogs. That’s why not long after moving in together, they purchased a dog. Beanie was the name given to the huge boxer. It may have begun little, but it quickly expanded and became quite well-built and robust.
Beanie may have appeared fierce and capable of winning any fight, but the truth was that he was the softest and most loving dog Stuart and Don could have wished for. The dog became the first member of what was to become their new family, but he wasn’t going to be the last.
In the middle of March that year, Dawn discovered that she was pregnant. She and Stuart had not been planning on having a baby, but they welcomed the news with excitement. They couldn’t wait to give Beanie a friend to grow up with. The pregnancy went smoothly, and in January of the next year, she gave birth to a happy and healthy young boy that they called Mason.
Both Stuart and Don turned out to be great, loving, and wise parents who would do anything for their little boy. Throughout the year, Mason developed quickly and was soon sitting up and even crawling and trying to walk. And through it all, Beanie was there as his best friend and sidekick. They never parted; their friendship was adorable but also the thing that saved the boy from certain death.
Years later, it was their very first Christmas with Mason. Stuart and Dawn wanted to make it special. They were going to spend the day together as a family, opening gifts, playing games, and eating food. Sure, Mason may still have been too young to truly appreciate it all, but it was still a special day and a magical moment that would live on in the memories of Stuart and Don for the rest of their lives.
Even Beanie was getting in on the action, wearing a Santa outfit that Dawn had bought. The number of gifts that people had bought Mason was ridiculous, but no one could deny that it was a fantastic day. Beanie ran around, playing with the wrapping paper, sending it flying in all directions as his family watched and laughed. Eventually, they all got hungry and had a wonderful homemade turkey dinner, topped off with champagne for Stuart and Don, fruit juice for Mason, and a nice cooling bowl of water for Beanie, who had long since shrugged off the Santa outfit after eating.
Stuart picked Mason up and placed him in his bed. It had been a long, busy, and exciting day for the little boy. At just less than a year old, he would have no doubt been shattered. So, it came as no surprise that Mason was fast asleep before Stuart even reached the bedroom door.
His dad opened the window a little to let the stuffy air out and placed the baby inside his cot. As he left the room, Beanie came strolling in and immediately leaped up onto the bedside table into Mason’s little bed and fell asleep too. Stuart smiled and walked away, leaving the door slightly ajar just in case the dog wanted to leave.
Stuart went downstairs and helped Dawn tidy up before telling his wife that he was going to go and drop off a few gifts at his brother’s house on the other side of town. Dawn kissed him goodbye and told him not to be long. She then went onto the couch and lay down in front of the TV. Before too long, her eyes started to get heavy, and she too drifted off to sleep.
She didn’t know the disaster was about to strike. Something patently horrific was about to happen. While tidying the kitchen, neither Don nor Stuart noticed one of the hobs on the oven was still on.
A stray cloth had fallen onto the hob and started smoldering before bursting into flames. Within moments, the fire had spread, and much of the kitchen was in flames. It soon filled the room and reached the adjoining ones, burning all that was in its way. The fire spread quickly; there was plenty of wrapping paper and other flammable substances around the house, and it essentially burnt like a tinderbox.
Quickly and intensely, smoke started to billow into the front room where Don was sleeping, and the thick black curtain soon awoke her. Immediately, she panicked and remembered that Mason was upstairs in his crib.
She jumped up and ran toward the stairs, shielding her nose and mouth from the smoke as she ran. But the intense fire had taken over the bottom of the stairs, and passing through it would have been impossible. The fire roared, and Dawn had no choice but to flee from the house, terrified about whether Mason was still alive or not.
But what she didn’t know was that as soon as Beanie the dog had smelled the smoke, he had leaped into action. Beanie had pushed the bedroom door closed to try to stop the smoke from coming into the room and then leaped up at the window, shoving his head into the small open gap. Using his head, he had pushed it wider open.
It had taken a lot of strength, but eventually, Beanie had the window open wide enough for him to get through. Luckily, there was a roof not far below the window, and beyond that, soft bushes that he could jump into. Beanie had taken a big breath of cool night air and turned around, running back over to Mason’s cot.
He leaped in and grabbed the baby by the scruff of his pajamas, lifting him with all of his might and slowly carrying him across the room. In only a matter of moments, the raging flames outside the bedroom door would burn through and set all the plastic toys on fire.
So, Beanie lifted the crying baby and kept a hold of him as he climbed out of the window and lowered himself down to the bushes below as softly as he could. Both Mason and Beanie got a few cuts and bruises, but their small injuries were preferable to remaining in the house and facing the fire.
From the front of the house, Beanie could hear Dawn’s frantic screaming, but the protective dog continued carrying Mason down the garden and away from the fire. But that’s when he did something shocking and completely unexpected.
Still carrying the crying baby in his jaws, Beanie walked out into the middle of the road with him and laid him down directly on the line where cars would come hurtling by. Why did he do such a thing? Well, it was quite a clever move on the dog’s part. You see, he knew that the fire engine would come from that direction, and when it came, it would see him and the baby on the road and stop to help them. It was a risky plan, but Beanie instinctively knew he had to protect and save Mason.
Just as if it had been planned, the sound of a distant fire truck quickly came closer and closer until it came roaring into view. Beanie nervously paced around a crying Mason and hoped the fire truck would see them in the road. Thankfully, it did, and it screeched to a halt.
Two firefighters jumped out of the cab to assist the dog and the baby, while the rest of the crew ran to tackle the fire. By that point, the house was a blazing shell, and nothing and no one would have survived it. Thankfully, though, save for minor injuries sustained during the escape, both Mason and Beanie were absolutely fine.
The firefighter carried the young boy around the side of the flaming house to his hysterical mother. Dawn was beside herself in fear that her baby boy was trapped in the house, as was Stuart, who had sped back as soon as he heard what was going on. But the look of relief on their faces when they saw their son was heartwarming.
The firefighter explained that Beanie had saved the boy all by himself, and they immediately rushed to hug him in gratitude. The family would never be able to repay the dog for saving Mason’s life, but Beanie didn’t mind. He was just happy that his family was happy.