Every dog has his day.
Bear, a 9-month-old German shepherd, had his Wednesday, when he was trapped in a burning car filled with smoke,yet, somehow, managed to survive.
"You got to talk to the dog," said Annapolis Deputy Fire Chief Charles Smith, when asked why the dog didn't succumb. "We were surprised."
Dawn Kimble had driven from her home in Brooklyn Park to Annapolis about 1 p.m. to pick up her sister, who works at the Circuit Court building on Church Circle.
She couldn't find parking, so she drove her 1980 Chevrolet Monza into Maryland National Bank's underground garage.
On her way out, the 17-year-old North County High juniorfound the street filled with fire trucks.
Firefighters knew the dog was in the car, Smith said, but thought the door was locked. He said firefighters were "a little apprehensive about what to do because the dog showed his teeth."
Smith said the fire started in the engine and filled the car with heavy smoke that poured out of the garage and forced officials to evacuate the bank.
After the fire was extinguished, Dawn opened the door and let Bear go free.
"The dog was afraid to go out," she said, adding he is doing fine now.