By Guest Blogger Chicken Wrangler Sara

Bella’s barking can be quite annoying. I have taken to ignoring her for as long as possible, especially if I am at home during the day and the neighbors are not.  This morning, however, I tolerated it for as long as I could stand and then headed out to get her.

What I found was very scary.

The pile of wood on the neighbor’s back porch was on fire. Flames were probably 5 feet tall.

Bella was quite disturbed.

I noticed a car in the driveway and ran around to tell them what was happening. I met our neighbor in the side yard. We rounded her house together and discovered the flame was rapidly moving up the house wall.

I ran for fire extinguishers. My neighbor ran for the hose. She had the fire out by the time I got back out.

No one has been able to figure out how the fire started. But, for once, I was glad that Bella barks. She’s earned a new title – Bella the Fire dog.

The damage wasn’t too bad, but very scary. We are all grateful it was so minor.


From now on, I will always check on Bella when she is barking. She is sometimes smarter than we think.