The bond between children and animals is something uniquely special. Animals are capable of feeling just as much affection as we are, as those of you with pets will know.
It turns out dogs are a boy's best friend...
A five-year-old awoke surrounded by flames, what he did first isn't what you'd expect.
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Children and animals are known to have a special connection.
via: GettyThe unconditional love from an animal is such an amazing feeling.
The responsibility of taking care of an animal improves children's self-esteem.
via: GettyIt increases their confidence to know they are doing a good job.
Children learn respect from caring for pets.
via: GettyHaving pets from a young age can help children learn respect for others and their environment.
Pets are an excellent source of support for children growing up.
via: GettyKids are bound to go through ups and downs growing up, and animals provide companionship to alleviate sadness and fear that children will inevitably face.
Here's what studies have found...
via: GettyAccording to the Affinity Foundation, children who are brought up with pets tend to have fewer problems in their interpersonal relationships.
A young boy has shown all these skills at such an early age.
via: GettyThe 5-year-old has been recognized as a real hero after saving his family from a house fire.
Noah Woods was asleep at home on a regular Sunday night.
via: GettyHe awoke to his room completely engulfed in fire and smoke.
His 2-year-old sister shared the room with him.
via: GettyNoah sprang out of bed, grabbing his younger sister.
The only exit available was the window...
via: GettyHolding on tightly to his little sister, he escaped through the open window, bringing them both to safety.
His heroics didn't just stop there...
via: GettyAfter getting his sister safely out of the house, Noah ran straight back into the burning building to save his beloved dog.
He then ran next door to his Uncle's house.
via: GettyNoah told him what had happened, and together they awoke the rest of the family still inside the property.
The fire was started by an overloaded socket in Noah's bedroom.
via: GettyWhen the firefighters arrived, they treated Noah and 4 of his family members for burns and smoke inhalation.
Everyone inside the building managed to escape, avoiding any serious harm.
via: GettyNoah is now an honorary Bartow County firefighter.
Chief Dwayne Jamison presented Noah with a lifesaving award for his bravery.
via: GettyThis award is usually only presented to professional rescuers, but under the circumstances of Noah's maturity in such a dangerous situation, it is definitely well deserved. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp even wrote Noah a letter to thank him for his courage.