Heroic dog saved her family from a deadly fire

Sasha the pit bull just may be a real-life Lassie.

When an apartment building in Stockton, California, caught fire, the 8-month-old puppy sprang into action to warn her owners about the impending danger. The dog was outside and began barking and banging on the door, prompting her owner, Nana Chaichanhda, to open it and discover the flames coming from the next unit, which happened to be her cousin’s apartment in the fourplex.

Chaichanhda quickly raced to get her 7-month-old  daughter, Masailah, from the bedroom, but Sasha was already on the case. The dog was trying to drag the baby to safety by her diaper.

The dog’s heroic actions caught the attention of the local news, and KCRA reporter Tom Miller shared this sweet photo of Sasha and Masailah together on Twitter:

Chaichanhda says her dog and baby have a close connection, and even take baths and sleep together.

Miller also shared this footage of the blaze that could have claimed their lives:

Luckily, all three made it out of the building unharmed. Chaichanhda’s cousin was not home at the time of the blaze, but their home is now destroyed. In the wake of her ordeal, Chaichanhda is grateful that her faithful pup was there to save the day.

“It meant a lot. I owe her everything,” she told Fox 40. “If it wasn’t for her, I would have still been in bed and things could have taken a worse turn.”

A Go Fund Me page has been set up by Chaichanhda’s sister, Christine White, to help them start their lives over in a new home and help pay for expenses like food and clothing while they attempt to rebuild everything they lost. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

We’re so glad that this hero pup was there to make sure everyone survived! If you have pets in the house, take these steps to ensure their safety in the event of a fire.

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