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Firefighter Says 'Good Lord' Told Him To Adopt Pup He Rescued from Underneath Heavy Rocks

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When you lose a pet, it can be hard to decide when to bring a new one into the family. The loss of the previous one still lingers and you want to make sure you find the perfect addition.

Three years had passed for Fire Captain Paul Bryant since his family had lost their dog. The firefighter with the North Charleston Fire Department said that nothing really fit, so they had been a dogless household.

But then someone made it pretty clear that Bryant was supposed to have a dog now, and Bryant believes this pup was a literal Godsend.

On March 30, he and some others responded to a call claiming some bikers had heard a crying puppy. They tracked the cries to a hill made of concrete slabs and rocks, and found a hole where the cries were coming from.

When the firefighters arrived, they took stock of the scene and planned the rescue carefully, so as not to have the debris collapse on the puppy and cause even more trouble.

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Taking a shovel, Bryant carefully cleared away some of the rock and dirt, trying to get the hole wide enough so he could free the puppy. After a bit of work and maneuvering, out popped the puppy into the fireman’s arms.

“Then once we got him out, he was like, ‘Hey, how are you?'” Bryant said, according to WMC5. “It was just an absolutely gorgeous experience.”

The puppy was looked at by a vet and found to have no major issues. Then he found his way to the Charleston Animal Society to be prepped for adoption.

“Puppy rescue today by Engine 201 Captain Bryant and NCPD,” the North Charleston Fire Department posted on March 30. “This little pup was found by some bike riders who heard the puppy crying beneath a pile of rocks.”

No one claimed the puppy, and Bryant was convinced the dog needed to be his.

“I said, ‘Oh, no,’ this was meant to be, he’s my dog and he’s coming home with me,” Bryant said. “And this was just absolutely incredible, doing the rescue, and the good Lord just said, ‘This is your dog.'”

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“How can you not carry that dog home?” Bryant later said when he arrived at the shelter where the pup was being held. “He’s just adorable.”

Now the little dog has a great home with a caring family who picked the perfect name for him: Rocky.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking