An unexpected furry heroine

An Unlikely HeroSHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

It has long been said that dog is man’s best friend, but for one Griffin woman, the family pup proved to be more – much more – than her best friend. Domino became her unexpected hero.

Dana Ogle’s day seemed a typical one. She finished her night shift at work, returned home and soon went to bed to get some sleep. However, nothing else about her day would be typical.

While the family dog, Domino, usually slept with Ogle, but not this morning.

“She sleeps in the bed with us, so normally, she’ll come in and nudge me to get under the blanket, but she kept coming over there bouncing on the bed,” Ogle said.

Ogle finally awoke enough to understand just why Domino was so insistently attempting to get her attention.

Rather than sun streaming through her home, Ogle instead discovered her home was filling with smoke. A fire that began in the kitchen had already rapidly advanced before she awoke.

“The first thing I noticed was that the mini blinds were melting,” Ogle said.

By the time she made her way out of the house, flames were showing through the rear windows.

“I ran out in my pajamas and barefooted,” she said.

Spalding County Fire Chief later reported the residence and its contents were complete losses, something familiar to Ogle and her family – they came to Griffin after the destruction to the gulf coast wrought by Hurricane Katrina.

“It’s going to be better. I haven’t cried in a few days now,” Ogle said. “This isn’t our first rodeo.”

Thanks to Domino, Ogle is here to overcome…again.

Publisher’s note: Anyone who would like additional information on how they may assist the Ogle family may contact The GRIP at

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