Dog with tale of survival now living a storybook life

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Lexington, Ky. (WKYT) -- In November 2013, a massive fire ripped through the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter in Kentucky, killing 29 cats, one dog and leveling the facility. Out of the ashes came stories of survival.

Some animals not only got a second chance at life, but also a forever home. One of those was a tiny puppy, only days old at the time of the fire.

Behind every good pet is a story of how they met their human. If Bloo could, she'd tell us she has quite the tale of her own, but since she can't, her human can.

"We decided we wanted a dog shortly after we got married and we knew we wanted a rescue dog," said Cory Stringer.

Immediately, Cory Stringer and his wife fell in love with Bloo at the Lexington Humane Society four years ago. They had to wait a whole day before they could adopt her. They were smitten for the dog with blue eyes.

"The dog opened one eye and I saw that blue eye," said Stringer.

That's when Stringer learned his new best friend's real story. She wasn't just a shelter dog.

"Bloo was one of the few survivors of the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter fire from 2013. She was literally like just two or three days old," said Stringer.

The fire at the animal shelter killed 29 cats and one dog. Stringer says Bloo suffered from smoke inhalation and still has some coughing problems, but you would never know it.

Now all grown up, the black lab-Huskie mix is living the life of canine luxury.

"She loves to sit right here and she'll watch television. She'll watch you all on TV," said Stringer.

Sometimes, it's not the news she watches, instead it's Scooby Doo. And sometimes she growls at those meddling kids.

We learned Bloo really does rule the roost in the Stringer home, perfectly content in her own chair nestled in watching cartoons.

"She is extremely mischievous, curious, and extremely charismatic and she has a bit of a diva attitude," said Stringer.

Stringer, a doodler, now self-taught illustrator, thought Bloo's story was one that needed telling.

"One day I got a wild idea I'm going to take some of the stuff she has actually done and turn it into a children's book and crank up the crazy to eleven," said Stringer.

Stringer's first book details his dog's curious nature, something that is a bit like her owner.

"The first book, 'Night Night Bloo,' she uses her imagination a lot, and that's what I did when I was a kid," said Stringer.

His second book, 'Merry Christmas Bloo,' is a dog's version of festive yuletide fun. Since Bloo can't read a few pages, her human does.

"There's decorations everywhere and the house is filled with Christmas smells," said Stringer.

Stinger self-published both books this fall. He started out sketching Bloo's adventures with pencil, but has turned to digital drawing and always with his furry muse by his side.

"Such inspiration Bloo," said Stringer.

If dog's really are man's best friend, Cory Stringer may have found the one with the best story worth barking about.

"I want to give her the best life possible because that's what she gives me every day, don't you girl, high five!"

If you would like to purchase Stringer's books about Bloo's adventures you can find them on Amazon right now. Stringer hopes to release more books in the future.



 
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