Sasha, the 8-month-old pit bull, not only raised the alarm to her family that there was fire but also helped drag the 7-month-old baby out by holding onto her diaper.
Right before midnight on a regular day in the summer of 2018, while a family in a fourplex in East Yorkshire Drive of Stockton, California, was all sound asleep, Sasha, who was outside the house, began to bark relentlessly and bang on the door.
This was not Sasha’s usual behavior at all.
“As soon as I got to the door, she runs in (and) starts barking, and I’m like, ‘What the heck is wrong with you? Like, you don’t do this,'” Nana Chaichanhda recalled, according to KCRA.
Checking on the pitbull, Chaichanhda opened the door and Sasha immediately sprang up to 7-month-old Masailah’s room before she could even react to what was happening.
She could see that smoke was coming from her cousin’s fourplex next door. Her cousin was away at the time.
“I looked up and there’s black smoke coming from my neighbor’s house. You can see the flames coming out,” Chaichanhda said, adding that as soon as she ran back to her house, Sasha was already on the move with rescuing the baby.
“I ran into the room and I see Sasha,” Chai said. “She has my baby by the diaper just dragging her off the bed—trying to get her to safety,” reports the NYPost.
She took both the baby and her dog outside whilst calling 911.
According to Fox40, the fire only reached Chaichanhda’s attic, but the house is unlivable.”(Sasha) saved everybody,” Chaichanhda said. “Because if it wasn’t for her, I don’t think that any of us in this complex would have known anything… If she wasn’t barking or really going at the door like that, I probably wouldn’t have known nothing.”
A relieved Chaichanhda said, “It meant a lot. I owe her everything. If it wasn’t for her, I would have still been in bed and things could have taken a worse turn.”
Chaichanhda said that day was one of the rare occasions that Sasha was kept outside of the house.
The New York Post noted that Sasha and Chaichanhda’s youngest child has had a special bond even before the fire, so it was not surprising that the pitbull would eagerly rush to get her baby to safety first.