Beloved dog dies after saving baby from fire That close bond may explain why the beloved canine made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the baby. And while Polo did not survive the blaze, Viviana is likely alive today because the dog remained with her. When firefighters finally arrived and got to little Viv, Poremski says they discovered the dog still covering her with his body, and Viv only suffered burns on her arm and side because of it. Paramedics were reportedly able to revive her at the scene. Gonna go give Whitey a hug now.