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By Jana Peterson
Pine Knot News 

'Hero dog' saves woman from house fire

Grateful Cloquet couple piecing their lives back together


January 25, 2019

Jana Peterson / Pine Knot News

Terri (left) and Shawn Cordell keep the remains of their two dogs, Scooby (inset left) and Banjo, and kitty, Crazycat, in urns in their hotel room. Their pets died in a house fire in their Cloquet home, but not before making sure Terri was up and out of the house. "He's my hero dog," Terri said of Scooby, who woke her up and helped her get out of the house before perishing inside himself.

Shawn Cordell made a habit of telling the several dogs he and his wife, Terri, have adopted over the years to look after Terri.

"I always told them, the first thing you need to do is protect her," he said. "And Scooby did that."

If not for Scooby and his faithful companion, Banjo, Terri said, she wouldn't have lived through the house fire that raged through their Cloquet kitchen Dec. 19, filling the house with smoke and turning the kitchen and surroundings into a an unrecognizable charred and blackened mess. She calls him her "hero dog."

Shawn had left for work as a letter carrier in Duluth...

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