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We Will Always Be Grateful to Cleo. The Best Greyhound Smoke Alarm Ever
Cleo's Story

How Cleo Saved Our Lives
One night a few months ago, we were awakened by sound of an unfamiliar dog barking. I knew it wasn’t Gus, because he has a distinct howling bark. In fact, our neighbor is a theatre director and he used Gus’ howl in the play “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, but that is another story.

The incessant barking had to be our hound Cleo. Cleo is a shy female and she is not a barker. I told my husband Ken that something was wrong as he headed down the stairs. I waited upstairs for a few minutes and Cleo was still barking and Ken was silent. As I walked down the stairs, I immediately smelled something burning and I hurried down. I had mistakenly left the gas fireplace on high. Ken was moving the smoldering dog beds away from the gas fireplace. He quickly opened the front door to air out the downstairs. Cleo had stopped barking and she seemed to know that the danger was over. I hugged her and gave a handful of her favorite treats.

The dog beds were minutes from being in flames. Our smoke alarms did not go off. We are convinced that by the time the smoke alarms had gone off we would have had a serious fire.

We will always be grateful to Cleo; she is the most loving smoke alarm you ever met.

This story was submitted by greyhound owners Noelle and Ken