For Paul Kirschstein, his dog Coco is more than just his best friend. She is also his savior.
Early Sunday morning, Paul and his roommate were sound asleep in their Eastlake, California trailer when he got an unexpected wake up call.
“I’m a very sound sleeper,” Paul says. ” came up and nudged me on the center of the bed, in my side. All of a sudden I smelled something, and I rolled on my back to look at the room and the room was hazy, and then I heard crackling.”
Flames were crawling up the walls of Paul’s trailer, quickly turning his home into an inferno.??Paul woke his roommate then quickly grabbed Coco‘s eight tiny pups that were just born on Wednesday. Thanks to Coco’s warning, everyone made it out safely. And not a moment too soon.
?”Within 10 to 15 minutes it was gone–the trailer was gone. If it hadn’t been for her, I wouldn’t be here,” he says through tears.
As of Sunday, Paul, Coco and all eight pups were camped out in a hotel room with nothing more than some clothes and a few dollars. Everything else was destroyed in the blaze which according to the Eastlake Fire Department was electrical in nature.
But Paul is thankful for Coco and his heroic tale.
“She’s a good mommy and she loves her daddy, and I love her. I love her more than anything in the world.”
Paul, who is a truck driver and heads back to work this week, is hoping that someone will come forward and offer a foster home for Coco and her eight puppies until he can find a new home.