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Man (& dog’s) best friend: Pup is a real-life Lassie!

  • Tommy the puppy helped save his dog friend from a ravine
  • Their owner says he's touched by their friendship

There's no danger too big for Tommy the dog. He may look like an excitable little fluff ball, but when his dog friend RJ was stuck in a ravine, he sprung into action.

“The little one kept running to the fence and then back to me like he wanted me to come with him," the dogs' owner Frank Chargualaf told HLN affiliate KTXL in Sacramento. "I got over here to the corner of the fence and seen the little hole. Tommy rushed underneath the hole and stopped right at the edge of the ravine and looked down and barked, and when I flashed the flashlight down there, there was RJ."

Since the ravine was too steep for RJ to escape, or for Chargualaf to safely venture in after him, he called the fire department. It didn't take long for them to rescue RJ, and the firefighters say Tommy was along with them every step of the way.

"Tommy was like Lassie," Captain Jason Wenner said. With RJ free (and smelly from a skunk fight), the dogs hastily reunited with their human dad and refused to leave each other's sides.

D'aww. Doggies taking care of one another. Is there any purer love than that?

See Tommy and RJ in action at KTXL.

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