Good dog saves Minnesota family

Who’s a good dog? Who’s a good dog? Milo the pit bull is a good dog. Oh, yes he is.

Just ask Carrie, Dave and Adrieona Hansen, Milo’s humans near Twig, Minn., who’d likely be dead if not for Milo, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

“You always hear how your dog will save your life,” said Carrie Hansen, “and this dog; I just can’t believe it.”

Their home is gone. It wasn’t finished and had no insurance on it. It also contained the wood shop where Dave made his living.

Carrie and her husband fell asleep around midnight when Milo jumped on her and just stared at her. He’s never done that before. She ignored it. He did it again. Then again. That’s when she noticed the smoke.

There’s a GoFundMe page, although Milo apparently is content with scratches behind the ear.

    • TBH

      I was here about 10 minutes ago and I was about to rate this dog 11/10, but I figured I would give it a little bit and wait for this 🙂

    • Jeff

      Never gets old.

    • John

      I’m glad I can always count on you to post this.

      Someone asked him about the ratings system the other day, and he said there’s a rigorous set of guidelines he uses to tell the goodest dogs from the bestest dogs (or something along those lines).

      • I’m kind of a dog guy.

        My wife and I have 3 rescues and volunteer on occasion for “Paws on Wheels” transporting rescue dogs from southern states (OK and TX generally) to Sconny and MN.

        Dogs are cool.

  • >>It wasn’t finished and had no insurance on it.<<

    What's with people doing this? It doesn't make sense…

    • TBH

      I imagine a mortgage company requires Builder’s Risk insurance during the course of construction. They must have been footing the bill themselves sans mortgage? Still, you would think it would be insured.

      • Jim in RF

        We built a house in WI using a construction loan that required insurance. I don’t remember it being any pricier than regular house insurance.

      • Jake Lewis

        Yes built out of pocket as the funds were available. And wasnt aware you couldn’t put insurance on a house unless either a building has not begun or b its finished

        • TBH

          Sorry to hear. I would not have known that myself.

    • My brother has been building his mansion on a bluff overlooking Cape Cod Bay for, I’d guess, 15 years now. He doesn’t have insurance on it and I guess can’t get it until it has an occupancy permit which he doesn’t want because the taxes go up or something along those lines. He’s not that bright, but somehow got himself rich. :*)

      • >>He’s not that bright, but somehow got himself rich<<

        This happens all too often…

        • lusophone

          Still waiting for that to happen with me.

    • Jeff

      When I had my house built the builder had insurance for their part, but I subcontracted a lot of work out (like cabinets, electrical, etc). I was on the hook for this if the house burnt down, so there was some anxiety before I could get it insured.

    • Jake Lewis

      The house started as a temporary structure to keep warm in the winter. Than we added a bathroom laundry room and bedroom onto it. Than the next year we added the shop the big kitchen And office. At the beginning of the big shop and kitchen insurance was called and requested. But because the house meaning original temp and new bathroom and laundry room already existed and were not finished no insurance company would put insurance on it. Come to find out when building a house you need to insure it before you start building or hope you get it done before something bad happens. Does it make sense now?

      • Yes, thank you.

        I’ve seen too many stories about people in disaster areas without insurance and didn’t really mean anything by my question.

  • Erick

    I gotta go check my batteries because sometimes a working smoke detector is your best friend. . . .

    • I’ve gotten into the habit of changing batteries when we turn the clock forward/back.

      Shoot, which reminds me…

      • Smoke & CO detectors are supposed to be changed out after 10 years because the sensors become ineffective, and the new models have wired in batteries that last the life of the unit. Others, like the Nest units, tell you in a plain voice whether they are working properly and if the batteries are low. They also interconnect wirelessly and all can alert when one alerts.

        • lusophone

          So what are you saying, we don’t need dogs anymore?!?!?

          • Well, we have two doggos, so I guess we still need them. You can look at the electronic detectors as a backup system!

  • joetron2030

    Glad to hear the family is safe.

    Milo, you are the bestest boy ever!

    • Adrieona Hansen


  • Rob

    Why isn’t Milo pictured in the story?