No wonder our pooch looks guilty... he tried to burn the doggone house down!
MOST dogs limit their bad behaviour to barking at the postie or leaving muddy footprints on the carpet.
But Harris the black labrador achieved a whole new level of canine chaos – by setting the house on fire.
Left alone for just an hour, the six-month-old pet went exploring in the kitchen and, while standing on his hind legs, pushed a wicker basket from the worktop onto the cooker.
Then, in a move that nearly proved fatal, he accidentally turned on the electric hob.
By the time his owners returned, their home was filled with choking black smoke – while their beloved pet had succumbed to the fumes and was unconscious on the floor.
Firefighters who rushed to the scene were able to get the blaze under control and also carried out emergency medical treatment, saving Harris’ life by administering oxygen through a mask.
Fortunately, after a night in the doggy intensive care unit, he made a full recovery.
Not so lucky were Harris’ owners, whose house was rendered uninhabitable by the smoke.
Last night, Fiona Milne and her fiancé Calum Campbell, from Liberton, Edinburgh, explained that the situation could have been even worse.
Miss Milne, 25, said: ‘We went out for an hour to play badminton. When we came home we heard the alarm, opened the door and the house was full of smoke.
‘We ran in to the house but you couldn’t see anything at all in the kitchen because the smoke was so thick.
‘We were feeling around for Harris, then Calum found him at the back door. He had his head in his water bowl and he was unconscious.
‘We just grabbed Harris and ran outside to call the fire brigade.’
The fire caused more than £1,000 worth of damage. The cooker was beyond repair, as were some cupboards, blackened wall tiles and the kitchen curtains.
The vegetable basket and a boxed picture frame that was on the work surface were destroyed by the fire.
The rest of the house was left uninhabitable because of the smell of smoke which permeated every corner. Harris was rushed to a vet to be kept overnight in an ‘oxygen kennel’ where he was given medication through a cannula in his leg.
Miss Milne and Mr Campbell had to move in with her mother.
Miss Milne, a trainee paralegal with an Edinburgh law firm, said: ‘Harris is usually very obedient but he can be nosey.
‘We always dog-proof the house but he must have been looking for a treat. We’re very lucky we came back when we did. If we’d come home later we could have lost the house and Harris.’ The couple had planned to pick up some dinner from a nearby supermarket after their game of badminton but had to return home first as they had forgotten to bring money. Mr Campbell, 25, who works as an emergency call handler for Police Scotland, said: ‘When I went in the kitchen, I couldn’t see anything for smoke. ‘I found Harris with his head in the water bowl. His body was completely limp. The firefighters couldn’t say how long Harris had been unconscious, but they said if we had been any later we would not have been so lucky.’
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were alerted to reports of smoke at the couple’s house.
A spokesman said: ‘A fire appliance from Liberton fire station attended the incident and quickly put out a fire in the kitchen and ventilated the property.
‘Firefighters provided oxygen for a pet dog.’
‘We were lucky that we came back when we did’
BARKING MAD: Harris got into the kitchen, pushed a wicker basket onto the cooker, and then accidentally turned on the hob, starting a blaze that left the house filled with smoke IN THE DOG HOUSE: Harris nearly left owners Fiona Milne and Calum Campbell homeless DOWN, BOY! HOT DOG, ANYONE?