I usually file stories like this under "Dogs. Is there anything they can't do?": Pooch Pounces on its Master to Alert Him to Fire. But, seeing as how the story pretty much confirms every stereotype about trailer park America, there's just too much comedy gold in the story to let it go at that.
The first time the dog jumped on his chest Tuesday, Joseph Favre tossed the tiny pooch across the room and went back to sleep.
But Gizmo would not give up. He jumped on Favre's chest again, barking and scratching at his face. Favre cocked his arm for another toss, then inhaled a noseful of smoke.
So, right away I have one more reason to favor dogs over people. Who could have blamed Gizmo had he let the guy burn to death. Skip ahead:
Gizmo belongs to Favre's fiancee, Wendy Smith, who shares the mobile home off Belcher Road with him, the dog and their three children.
Unmarried. With three kids (one of whom seems to be named after a porn legend). Living in a trailer. I'm not judging, I'm just saying.
Also, check out the picture of Gizmo. He's one of those froo-froo toy dogs that yap all the time, like the dog Christopher sat on and killed on The Sopranos. The dog, of course, was foisted on the guy by his girlfriend, as no man would ever have a dog like that.
Gizmo and Favre got along fine when he and Smith first started dating. But Favre thought the dog had too-frequent accidents in the house. He also trained the dog to be protective of Smith and the kids.
The dog weighs about 3 pounds. What's Gizmo going to protect against, leprechauns?
The result was a love-hate relationship between man and dog. Though Gizmo sleeps with Favre, he also frequently growls at him and even bites. In fact, Gizmo, who is about 8 years old, only has three teeth left in his mouth. The rest have come out from biting Favre.
"They've all been imprinted in my hand," he said. "He hates me, but we have an unconditional love."
More evidence that the dog is a better person than most humans I know. And I'm still trying to figure out that quote from Favre.
He said Gizmo normally stays away from his face, but persistently jumped on him Tuesday after the fire started.
"It was like he was talking to me," said Favre, who claims Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre as his third cousin.
No word on whether Brett claims otherwise.
When he woke and smelled the smoke, Favre said he bounded off the couch and ran for the door, accidentally stepping on Gizmo on the way out, causing the dog to squeal. They both emerged safe, though Gizmo's snow-white coat was colored a smoky gray.
Just so we're clear: the dog wakes Favre up to save him from the fire, then Favre tramples him on his way out the door. What a prince.