Scooby, the terrier-cross who alerted his family to a fire
that swept through their home. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery
He has little to say, but this canine's actions speak
louder than words could anyway.
Scooby, the heroic dog who barks when it matters, saved his
family from their burning home and as a reward is not short
Bags of dog food have flooded in for the 6-month-old
terrier-cross since his life-saving deeds last week.
The Singh family woke to Scooby barking and their home well
alight just before midnight last Thursday.
His warning enabled the eight occupants of the house to flee
They escaped just in time to watch helplessly as the flames
destroyed their Chambers St home.
Home owner Sahib Singh, who was at the family's North Rd
business at the time of fire, was grateful to the family's
''I lost the family house. It can be replaced, but I have my
family and you can't replace family,'' he said.
His wife, Tere Singh, said Mr Singh and Scooby had bonded
since the fire.
''My husband didn't really like the dog, but they are best
friends now,'' she said.
''Scooby can sleep on top of his bed now.''
Mr Singh added: ''He's a top dog.''
The family was overwhelmed by the community's support, he
''They have helped us be strong,'' he said.
''We have such good support from the community.
''It's been great.''
A fundraising night was held at the Inch Bar - dubbed ''Singh
Song Spicy Tuesday'' - and raised about $1200 for the family.
Owner Jonas Hjertquist said the night was a busy one and
eight acts performed.
Mr Singh also made an appearance, to a large round of
applause from participants, he said.
Mr Singh said he ''was very surprised''.
Mrs Singh was thankful for the encouragement.
''It's amazing how many people have supported us through this
ordeal of ours,'' she said.
''We will get strong again.''
Insurers were still investigating, but the family intended to
rebuild, Mr Singh said.