Dogs are known to be selfless and loving creatures – a theory that was once again proven after a disastrous fire that took place in Baltimore. Erika Poremski shared her home with her eight-month-old baby Viviana and her six-year-old beloved dog, Polo. Poremski was in the house along with her two companions when she remembered she had to quickly run out of the house to check something in her car. When she turned around, the house was already up in flames. Viviana and Polo were still trapped inside.
Poremski desperately tried to get into the house, which she successfully managed to do so, but she still couldn’t get up to the second floor where both Viviana and Polo were. She told CBS News, “She was up the stairs, but the fire smoke was so heavy I couldn’t get past it.” Erika burned her hands and face after her numerous attempts of getting to her baby and dog. “I kept running back out and back in, trying to get up there [despite the heavy smoke]. Then, the door curling started falling and I couldn’t get back in.”
Neighbors gathered around and continued with the failed attempts of getting both the baby and the dog out while the firefighters were still on their way. Polo, despite being thought he could have easily saved himself by running down the stairs and leaving the baby behind, stayed by Viviana’s side and covered her with his own body. The devoted dog died by smoke inhalation and burns while he remained shielding the baby.
Erika was devastated by her loss, saying “He was my first baby before Viv. He was like my child. He followed us everywhere.” Surprisingly, Erika believed Polo had sensed something would be going wrong on that particular day, as he acted out all day long seemingly nervous and anxious – something completely out of character for the fun-loving dog. He was acting so out of character, in fact, that Erika even “told a friend [she] was taking him to the vet. He was crying and following [her] around and had a seizure from anxiety.”
Viviana was found with Polo still atop of her as an attempt to protect her. Firefighters and paramedics were able to revive Viviana at the scene, and she only suffered from burns to her side as Polo’s dedication spared her from any further harm. Despite Polo not surviving the fire, Viviana is likely alive today due to his heroic behavior.
A Go Fund Me page has been created to raise money for the family’s staggering medical bills after the sudden fire, and while over $29,000 have already been raised, the family’s emotional wounds are sure to take some time before healing completely. This is just another example of the amazing creatures dogs are, bringing the question to light: what did we ever do to deserve dogs?