PORT RICHEY — Trooper was a real trooper.
The 1-year-old German shepherd's actions are credited with saving his owner's life. About 10:20 a.m. Saturday, the owner was asleep at Holiday Mobile Home Park at Limit Drive and Clover Drive when Trooper, who was in the other room, began scratching on the closed door and barking, according to the Port Richey Police Department. The owner opened the door to find the living room filled with flames and smoke. The owner and the dog escaped safely through the front door before Port Richey and Pasco County firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire.
"The owner stated that if it was not for Trooper he would not have made it out alive, and even though he has lost all of his belongings he was so thankful for making it out with his best friend," police said in a news release.