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Dog Saves Owner from Rocket Strike

For Alex Leibowitz and his wife Olga, parents of four, the rocket attack could have had much more serious consequences had it not been for their dog, Louisa.
Louisa saved her owner's life in Ashkelon.

Louisa saved her owner's life in Ashkelon.
Photo Credit: Noam Bedein, Sderot Media Center

The coastal city of Ashkelon, population 130,000, was hit particularly hard on Sunday. In one attack, a rocket slammed into a four-story building, penetrating through the roof of the stairwell, and continuing on, leaving a large gaping hole in the floor of one apartment, and in the ceiling of the apartment below. Two people sustained injuries from the attack and five suffered shock. The rundown apartment building is home to Russian and Ethiopian immigrants as well as native Israelis.

For Alex Leibowitz and his wife Olga, parents of four, the rocket attack could have had much more serious consequences had it not been for their dog, Louisa.

Alex was home, not feeling well, on Sunday, while his wife had left to work in the morning. At one point, their dog began barking incessantly. “Louisa just kept on nervously barking non-stop and I couldn’t listen to it any longer, so l went back to the bedroom,” explained Alex.

Because of the barking, Alex did not hear the rocket warning siren and remained in his bedroom. Shortly after, a rocket fired from Gaza struck his apartment building, slicing into his apartment door and penetrating his floor, leaving a trail of debris, shrapnel and shattered glass in its path.

A Gaza rocket left a gaping hole in the floor and ceiling of the Leibovitzs' Ashkelon apartments.

A rocket left a gaping hole in the floor of the Leibovitzs’ Ashkelon apartment. Photo: Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency

“It was a miracle. Had I gone down the stairwell, having heard the siren, the rocket would have caught me,” said Alex. Residents of Ashkelon have only 30 seconds to get to shelter once the sirens sound.

“It was as if our dog had some kind of sixth sense to know that a rocket was on its way,” added Olga, his wife. “Louisa’s barking kept my husband alive.”

Although the front end of their apartment has been badly devastated, the couple feels very fortunate.

“We have such a good dog,” said Olga, patting Louisa’s head as she now sat calmly on the porch. “We are lucky people today,” she added as she surveyed the large hole in her living room floor. “This could have been a much worse situation.”

Gaza rockets continued to pound Israel on Sunday, with more than 100 striking residential communities and cities, wounding nine people including a rescue service worker, who sustained moderate head injuries from a mortar fired from Gaza at Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council. Five others were wounded when a Grad rocket struck a vehicle in Ofakim including a couple and their two-year-old daughter. Cars, homes, and buildings were damaged in the rocket strikes and countless people experienced shock and trauma from the attacks.

About the Author: Anav Silverman is a regular contributor to Tazpit News Agency.


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7 Responses to “Dog Saves Owner from Rocket Strike”

  1. Alexandre Schick says:

    The talmud states already that dog sense death coming.

    Its known that in german cities that got bombed during WWII dogs started barking often before the planes had even taken off from Great Britain.

  2. Kurt David Steinbach says:

    The problem with the UN and the Europeans and the Arabs is that they think just a few terrorist attacks or rocket launches against Israel is an improvement and a good thing. It may be an improvement, but if I tried to kill you just a few times a year, you’d still be pissed off! You want Israel to give land for peace. Hey, the Mandate Partition plan said the Mandate area was fromIraq and Saudi Arabia to the Mediterranean. 30% from The Galillee and Golan Heights to the port city of Elat and from the Jordan River, West to the Mediterranean was to be Israel, including gaza and the West bank (an area smaller in size than the U.S. state of New Jersey). The other 70% of the area called Trans-Jordan meaning across the Jordan, was supposed to be Arab land. The Hashemites stole it. Leave us alone, and sue to get it back from the Hashemites. The entire problem, is that Arab self-governance was acceptable to the Arabs and the Jews. Jewish self-governance, mandated by the Balfour declaration, France, Britain, and the UN ws unacceptable to the Arabs because according to the Koran (Q’ran) non-muslims are inidels and may be allowed to live as Dhimmhi’s only at the pleasure of Muslims. jewish self-governance violates this. My response: Who cares. Get over it!
    a few seconds ago · Like

  3. Kurt David Steinbach says:

    The problem with the UN and the Europeans and the Arabs is that they think just a few terrorist attacks or rocket launches against Israel is an improvement and a good thing. It may be an improvement, but if I tried to kill you just a few times a year, you’d still be pissed off! You want Israel to give land for peace. Hey, the Mandate Partition plan said the Mandate area was fromIraq and Saudi Arabia to the Mediterranean. 30% from The Galillee and Golan Heights to the port city of Elat and from the Jordan River, West to the Mediterranean was to be Israel, including gaza and the West bank (an area smaller in size than the U.S. state of New Jersey). The other 70% of the area called Trans-Jordan meaning across the Jordan, was supposed to be Arab land. The Hashemites stole it. Leave us alone, and sue to get it back from the Hashemites. The entire problem, is that Arab self-governance was acceptable to the Arabs and the Jews. Jewish self-governance, mandated by the Balfour declaration, France, Britain, and the UN ws unacceptable to the Arabs because according to the Koran (Q’ran) non-muslims are inidels and may be allowed to live as Dhimmhi’s only at the pleasure of Muslims. jewish self-governance violates this. My response: Who cares. Get over it!
    a few seconds ago · Like

  4. Kathryn Owezizwe says:

    a man's (and woman's)best friend…

  5. Sylvia Reyes says:

    I very well know dog sense… my own dog sensed a robber coming into my house and alerted me and finished the job of deterring the bad guy finally. dogs are indeed wonderful 'best' friends!

  6. Batya Casper says:

    Human beings throw rockets at us while dogs protect us with love.

  7. Anonymous says:

    God chooses many different ways to operate His miracles… ;-)
    It is not by chance that we are not even allowed to start eating UNLESS WE HAVE FED OUR ANIMALS FIRST!

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