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Matthew Sisk: Lemmy saves his family from a house fire
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I want to repay my student loans. Therefore, I charge people for my veterinarian services.

Don’t get me wrong; I tend to try and be one of those hard-line science geeks, offering the best care to my patients at the most effective cost. But I feel icky when I think of my pay being a percentage of the money I generate for the practice. It makes me feel like I’m trying to sell you the optional underbody coating for your pet.

So, I don’t “cold call” owners to offer services. Our staff either calls to remind of upcoming appointments or sends out postcards.

Today is different. I’m going to call Lemmy’s owners without their contacting me first. It’s because Lemmy is in the newspaper, and on the front page no less. But sadly, it’s not for a good reason.

The picture shows Lemmy and his family standing in their front yard, surrounded by emergency personnel. The house is in the background, flames consuming it. The house was a total loss, but no humans were hurt.

From the story, it appeared Lemmy woke the family by jumping up on mom and dad’s bed in the middle of the night and barking incessantly. At his age, this is very unusual. His parents awoke and smelled the emergency.

All the family was treated by emergency personnel and are doing OK. Lemmy also received supplemental oxygen on scene.

This is important, as dog lungs suffer the same damage human lungs do, in much the same way. The extra oxygen helps displace some of the toxic gases that may have been inhaled, preventing further damage.

In the past, pets weren’t considered for treatment this way. Luckily, once humans were safe, the rescuers tended to the animals. They’re heroes to many species.

I get the owners on their cell and offer my condolences. Everyone is OK, but Lemmy’s feline sister is missing. I offer to board Lemmy if needed, and we post a missing pet notice for the kitty on our website.

Lemmy’s family is grateful, and I wish them well.

In just a few weeks, a problem arises.

Matthew Sisk is a practicing veterinarian from Habersham County. Have questions about your pet? He can be reached at

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