The saddest story I’ve read this week is about a dog named Bolt.

Bolt is dead. He was a Doberman pinscher. He was a puppy. He had not even turned 1.

The house he called home, on Buckeystown Pike in Frederick, caught fire on Tuesday night. The house was destroyed, and Bolt was inside.

Bolt’s owner — his father, Calvin Franklin Stone Jr. — tried to save him, according to this account in the Frederick News-Post.

“When he opened the door it just blew him out and broke his leg,” Bolt’s grandfather, Calvin Franklin Stone, told the paper. Neighbors recounted roaring flames — big and red and orange.

Firefighters arrived to find neighbors pulling Bolt’s owner from the front of the house. Stone Jr. just couldn’t reach him, and the dog died in the blaze. There was no information about the cause in the paper's account.

Stone Jr. risked his life for Bolt. Dog owners know this instinctively: A dog is family. Stone Jr. was trying to save a family member. He was airlifted to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center burn unit. His condition is not known, the paper said.

Bolt leaves behind Stone Jr., Stone Jr.'s three sons and two other dogs (Kane and Mercedes) — they weren’t inside when the fire broke out.

This is a tremendously sad story. I’ll keep you posted on Stone Jr.'s condition.

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