‘Angel’ pup saves elderly, blind Southwest Philly man from fire
Luther Johnson, 74, is still alive following a blaze that destroyed his Southwest Philly home, and he has his two-year-old guide dog, Yates, to thank.
Without his sight for some 30 years, Johnson has relied on guide dogs to get around for a large portion of his life. Yates, however, is the first to wake Johnson up from a dead sleep with the intent of saving his owner’s life in mind. As a result, to Johnson, Yates is not a hero—he’s an angel:
“Angels are God’s messengers and workers. So He sent them, he sent an angel, and I guess the angel was through my dog Yates. I’m blessed. A lot of people don’t make it. All night and all day, that’s all I’ve been doing is thanking God."
The fire, which destroyed a majority of Johnson’s belongings and landed him in Red Cross housing, is currently under investigation. But while Johnson may have lost his home of more than 38 years on 59th and Chestnut, he still appears hopeful.
But, then, having an angel on your side tends to do that.