Animals are so in tune with their instincts and senses that they often notice the small signs of disasters that humans overlook or completely fail to notice.
When a pit bull pup noticed that her human family was in mortal danger long before they had any idea what was coming for them, she quickly got to work getting them to safety. At first, the dog’s owner couldn’t understand what was causing the bizarre behavior, but then she looked outside…
A Puppy And A Newborn
When Nana Chaichanhda, a single-mother from Stockton, California, brought home a baby pit bull around the same time that she had given birth to her now 7-month-old baby girl, she was nervous about how the dog would act around her daughter.
Nana had heard the negative things about the breed, but when she finally saw the 2 together, all her worries immediately faded away. Not only was the pit bull puppy named Sasha, now 8 months old, extremely gentle with baby Masailah, but she was extremely protective…
An Unbreakable Bond
As the months passed by, Nana watched as Sasha and Masailah formed an incredible bond. “She’s in her bed every day. They take baths together and everything,” Nana said about how Sasha and Masailah do absolutely everything together.
An Unusual Decision
Nana now considers Sasha part of the family and normally lets her sleep inside the apartment with her and her daughter. However, on the night of Sunday, June 3, 2018, Nana made a decision that she had no idea would help save her and her baby’s life…
Time For Bed
Rather than having Sasha sleep inside like she always did, Nana decided to let Sasha sleep outside in the backyard and enjoy the fresh air since it was getting warmer in the apartment at night. After letting Sasha out, Nana put Masailah to bed and fell asleep herself.
A Confusing Disturbance
Just a few hours later, however, Nana was woken up by the sound of frantic barking at around 10-11 p.m. Nana couldn’t believe it but the barking sounded like it was coming from her backyard. At first, Nana thought it couldn’t possibly be Sasha…
Nana couldn’t understand what was happening since the 8-month-old pit bull had never done anything like it. Sasha had never woken her up during the night and barely barked, so initially, Nana thought it must be someone else’s dog.
A Frantic Puppy
However, as the frantic barking continued, she realized Sasha really was making all the noise. “I was awoken by my pitbull pup Sasha banging and crying at my backyard door. Little did I know, Sasha would become my hero…”
After getting herself out of bed, Nana made her way to the back door and found Sasha barking and jumping up on the door, but she still couldn’t understand what was making her normally quiet and well-behaved dog so agitated.
A Red Flag
Nana thought Sasha was possibly upset about being left to sleep outside overnight, but when she opened the door, Nana knew something serious had to be wrong since the 8-month-old still wouldn’t stop barking and frantically running around…
A Beeline For The Bedroom
“I open it and she runs in and starts barking at me like crazy, and I was like, ‘OK, this is weird. This is not like her,’” Nana explained. “I’m like, ‘What the heck is wrong with you? Like, you don’t do this.’” Then, without any warning, Sasha ran toward the bedroom.
An Eye-Catching Visual
“Sasha ran into our home, straight into our bedroom. I was confused for a minute,” said Nana, who was about to turn and chase after Sasha when something outside caught her attention out of the corner of her eye…
“I looked up and there’s black smoke coming from my neighbor’s house. You can see the flames coming out,” Nana said about the moment she realized the apartment complex next door, which was being rented by her cousin, was on fire.
Time Is Running Out
“My neighbor’s home was totally destroyed, and the fire was quickly spreading to my unit,” Nana said about the terrifying moment she realized what was happening. “Sasha my sweet pup was banging on my backyard door and crying. Little did I know she was trying to warn us of the fire…”
A Mad Dash
The fire was quickly growing and Nana’s apartment was already starting to catch on fire as well. Knowing her cousin wasn’t home at the time, Nana ran into the bedroom to grab her daughter and Sasha, and get out of the apartment before it was too late.
A Proactive Pup
When Nana ran into the bedroom, however, she was stunned by what she saw. Instead of waiting for her to figure out that they were all in danger, Sasha had already started working to save baby Masailah and get her out of the home…
A Heroic Act
“I ran into the bedroom, where Sasha was already dragging my 7-month-old baby off the bed by her diaper,” Nana said about the moment she saw Sasha pulling her baby out of bed as gently as she could. “She has my baby by the diaper just dragging her off the bed — trying to get her to safety.”
Good And Bad News
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what are you doing,’” said Nana, who grabbed her daughter and her dog and ran outside to safety. “Thanks to Sasha we were able to get out safe and call 911. We got everyone out of their homes and to safety.” Firefighters arrived at the scene shortly after and were able to put out the flames. Most of the units in the apartment complex were saved, however, Nana’s apartment and her cousin’s were both completely destroyed…
Rebuilding Their Life
Now, Nana, her baby, and her 2 other kids who were not home at the time of the fire are staying with her aunt while Sasha is being kept at another family member’s home. “She misses the kids and sleeping in their beds. I take the kids over there so Sasha doesn’t cry all day,” Nana said. “It’s hard to answer the questions, ‘Where are we going to live?’ and ‘Are we going to be homeless?’ when I’m trying to figure that out as well, so right now we’re leaning on each other.”
A True Hero
Since the fire, a GoFundMe account has been set up to help Nana rebuild her life. Now, Nana is just trying to spread her story to help change the negative stereotypes about pit bulls. “If it wasn’t for her, I would have still been in bed and things could have taken a worse turn,” Nana said. “I owe Sasha my life and my children’s. She saved us all. She is our hero. Without her, we probably would’ve never made it out.”