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Firefighters adopt dogs they rescued from Hurricane Michael

Posted at 6:40 PM, Nov 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-11 10:52:13-05

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. -- At Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee, there are small dogs too.  

Including two black lab siblings named Hurricane and Michael who were surrendered after their namesake tore through Howard's Creek.

Two Palm Beach County firefighters Matthew Schmitz and Jeff Boyd came across the two puppies and a Palm Beach County Sheriff K-9 officer helped wash and bathe the duo and shipped them to the Palm Beaches.

"They were found up there, they were full of worms, full of fleas, emaciated, and left... on their own," says Big Dog Ranch Rescue President, Lauree Simmons.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue healed the dogs both physically and mentally. 

"And the two firefighters have now come to surprise their children with adopting these two puppies," says Lauree.

Firefighter Jeff Boyd breaks the news to his daughters.  "Go say hi to your puppies," says Jeff.  "That is your forever puppy, love it, take care of it forever and ever...  And make sure your college dorm excepts dogs.  We have to hurricane proof our house!"

While the Boyds got Michael, the Schmitz got...

"What's her name," asks Michael's wife Kandi.

"I forgot," says his her son Caden.

"Hurricane," whispers Kandi.

"Hurricane," whispers Caden.

The inspiration for adopting the dogs came from when Matthew adopted a black lab named Bo during Hurricane Katrina.

"So when I ran into another dog that's a black lab that was rescued from a hurricane we felt like we had to get another dog," said Matthew

"Hurricane and Michael hit the jackpot.  Not only did these firefighters rescue them, but they are also giving them wonderful forever homes," says Lauree.

"It really makes me so happy," sobs Lauree.

The two firefighters live very close to each other so Hurricane and Michael will still be able to hook up for play dates. 

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