Rhonda Westenberger and her sister, Evelyn, were both sound asleep early Tuesday morning when they were awakened by the nonstop barking of their 10-year-old Pit Bull, Baby, who nudged and pounced on the women.
“There were flames shooting down the hallway,” Rhonda told KOCO.
“If Baby hadn’t woken Evelyn up, I don’t think either one of us would have come out of it.”
The sisters made it safely out of their burning house in Wellston, Okla., but their five other dogs were still inside.
“There was one hiding underneath the bed,” family member Charles Land told KOCO. “Baby actually went in there, grabbed it by the neck and [dragged] it outside.”
The house was destroyed, but everyone living in it survived, thanks to Baby.
“It brings my spirit up a lot to see the dogs,” Rhonda told KOCO. “I’m so proud of her. She is my hero. She’s the hero for all of us.”
There is no word yet on whether Baby will be honored for her heroism. In 2011, a Pit Bull named Diamond received the spcaLA Hero Dog Award for protecting a girl from being burned during a house fire by lying on top of her.