When Carolyn Swinson decided to adopt a big lug of a Mastiff mix from the Town of Islip Animal Shelter, she had no idea that shortly thereafter, the giant of a dog would save her and her grandson’s lives.
The family was asleep on July 17th when their newly adopted pooch, Bear woke up Swinson. She was agitated for a second – until she realized that their house was on fire. She swooped up her grandson and Bear, and ran outside, to safety.
Less than two weeks later, Town of Islip Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt presented the heroic dog with a Key to the Town. The ceremony took place at the very shelter from where the family had adopted their new best friend.
They’re currently living in a temporary trailer in their own front yard; behind them are the ruins of the house they once called home. They lost almost everything; but, they are still alive, they still have one another – and they still have Bear.