When Randy swung open the door, amid the thick tendrils of smoke, Bailey stood barking in shrill warning.
Randy managed to scoop up the terrified dog and barrel downstairs through a wall of deadly smoke. Finally, he and Bailey stood in the backyard, watching the family home fade into the inferno.
"When he went out our back door, he looked at the side of the house, and the entire thing was engulfed in flames," Robert says.
The Guilford, Connecticut, family lost everything in that fire. Except, of course, the most important thing: their family. And they have the smallest member of it to thank for keeping it that way.