One of Australia’s luckiest cats has visited the firefighters who saved her from a burning home in Guildford last month.
Boggie was clinically dead when Guildford firefighters found her inside a burning home on Sheahan Avenue on July 15. The home had been engulfed in flames, and the owner’s son had no time to rescue the family pets before the roof collapsed.
Firefighters used thermal imaging to locate the cat and Ratty the dog from within the rubble and smoke.
Sadly, Ratty could not be revived, and it appeared Boggie would suffer the same fate.
But the firies were not going to let her go without a fight. The quick-thinking crew used chest compression and oxygen to restart her breathing.
“Her eyes were in the back of her head so I didn’t think she was coming back,” station officer Wayne Keevers said.
“Then she started making some gasping noises and came back to life. I guess she got one of her nine lives.”
She was rushed to Homebush’s Animal Referral Hospital for treatment, where she spent the next 24 hours in intensive care. Now fully recovered, Boggie and her grateful owner John Roughsedge visited Guildford fire station two weeks ago to thank those who saved her life.
It wasn’t the first time she has cheated death. Boggie was rescued as a newborn from inside a wall cavity, and hand-raised by the Roughsedge family.