Dog rescued from fire gets to go home

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It's a moment Kym Berger thought would never happen. Berger was reunited with her dog after the dog was injured in a fire.

"I got her at five-weeks old and I've never separated from her. There was a time when I was homeless and she lived with me in my car," said Berger of Tempe.

No longer homeless, Berger and her beloved companion, Halla, a 7-year-old German Shepherd and Rottweiler mix, were in their second-floor Tempe apartment when a fire broke out on April 17.

Berger was able to get out safely. But when Halla didn't follow her out, she ran back into the burning apartment to get her.

Blinded by heavy smoke, she couldn't find Halla. But firefighters did, reviving her with CPR and an oxygen mask. 

Halla was taken to a nearby animal hospital in bad shape.

"She got really bad about two days after she got here," said Berger. "Her lungs like pretty much stopped working."

"It was a real roller coaster," said veterinarian Sharon Langeneckert from University Animal Hospital in Tempe. "We didn't know if Halla would pull through this or not."

After a few scary days, Halla made a remarkable recovery.

After nine days, Berger got the good news -- Halla is okay to go home.
 
Fighting back tears at the emotional reunion, Berger gushed, "She's my best friend. She's my daughter. She's my stability. She's everything to me."