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Heroic Chihuahua Dies

A Very Sad Update on Coco – the brave Chihuahua who saved his owners life from a burning semi-tractor trailer… “Coco you will be missed and thank you for being there to save Tim when he needed you, enjoy your time at the Rainbow Bridge until the day that Tim comes to meet you there.”

Coco the dog died from injuries sustained in a fire last Thursday.

The 4-month-old Chihuahua quickly won the hearts of people around the region after making headlines for saving his owner, a truck driver, when smoke broke out in their big rig.

Something went terribly wrong while they were stopped at the Myersville Truck Stop in Frederick, Md. and the cab began filling up with smoke.

Coco jumped into action, frantically barking until his owner woke up and got them both out of the truck.

Both were rushed to hospitals. Veterinarians at Cumberland Valley Veterinary Clinic said Coco was in critical condition before he died on Sunday.

According to WHAG, Coco’s owner, Tim Harris, of Florida, suffered second-degree burns and was treated at Bayview Medical Center inBaltimore.

Coco’s popularity soared when his story got out. The Humane Society said they received donations to help Coco from all over the world including South Korea and even Mexico. About $3,000 of the funds will go towards paying Coco’s for medical bills and his cremation.

The loyal Chihuahua puppy will be remembered for his heroism and quick thinking.

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February 16, 2010 Posted by | animal behavior, Just One More Pet, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Success Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , | 3 Comments

Puppy Saves Owner From Fire

Chihuahua warns trucker about fire – Coco wakes owner by nudging him


Coco is used to a life on the road. The 4-month-old Chihuahua puppy loves to cruise the highways with his owner, a truck driver.

Now, Coco’s being credited with saving his owner’s life.

Early Thursday morning, Coco’s owner awoke to his dog frantically barking. The pair was sleeping in their big rig at the Myersville Truck Stop in Frederick, Md., when it caught fire, and the cab filled with smoke. Thanks to Coco’s warning, both the man and his dog were able to make it out alive. Both were rushed to the hospital, and Coco is being treated for severe smoke inhalation.

While the owner is recovering from second degree burns at Baltimore Burn Center, the dog named Coco is fighting for his life at a Hagerstown vet clinic.

Four-month-old Coco is clinging to life in this oxygen tent, hooked up to a humidifier, and IVS.

“Coco is still in critical condition and we are continuing to watch him closely,” said Dr. Saxton, of the Cumberland Valley Veternary Clinic. “He will continue to receive supportive care of oxygen and fluids until he is well enough to leave the clinic.”

Coco is being treated in an oxygen tent.

Veterinarians said his medical bills will likely top $2,000, which is a huge financial burden for his owner, who also remains hospitalized.

If you want to help defray the cost of Coco’s medical expenses, send donations to the Humane Society of Washington County offices, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, Md.

You can also make donations online at www.hswcmd.org, click on the “Donate Now” button on the home page and be sure to indicate “for Animals in Distress” on the comment line.

By ANNE REYNOLDS  – Updated 7:16 PM EST, Fri, Jan 29, 2010

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