Brave Pit Bull Saves Family From Fire & You'll Never Believe How She Did It

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pit bullI know what you're thinking: Oh, here we go, another story about how pit bulls are really great, loyal dogs with a bad reputation and there are no bad dogs, only bad owners and blah, blah, blah. And you know what? You're right. And when you hear what this particular pit bull did for her family, you'll be inclined to agree.

If not for 10-year-old "Baby," sisters Rhonda and Evelyn Westenberger might not be here today. They were sleeping when their Oklahoma home of 17 years caught fire -- as were 5 other members of the household.

Baby, thankfully, was not. So she started barking and pouncing on her owners until they finally woke up. Said Rhonda later, "There were flames shooting down the hallway. If Baby hadn't woken Evelyn up, I don't think either one of us would have come out of it."

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The sisters managed to escape, but there were still 5 -- count 'em, 5 -- dogs left inside the burning house! But not for long. Because Baby ran back in and rescued every single pup -- even one hiding underneath the bed! According to a family member, "Baby actually went in there grabbed it by the neck and drug it outside."

So, to recap: Pit bulls are really great, loyal dogs with a bad reputation and there are no bad dogs, only bad owners.

Do you have an inspiring story about a great pit bull?


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jayha... jayhawk00



worms... wormspoop

Lucky I have not been in a situation where my pit bull named Moses has had to rescue me. But, he is an awesome dog. He was my boyfriends dog but now has become a mommas boy. My son was 2 1/2 when my boyfriend and Moses moved in, he would let my son pull his tail, climb all over him and even pulled his privates a few times with out flinching. Now he lets him ride him. Moses is spoiled he usually sleeps up against me under the covers, a few months back when my boyfriend was in the hospital, Moses made sure to sleep on  top of the covers and every noise perked him up. There's been times when my boyfriend has walked into the room while I'm sleeping (it's pitch black in my room) and hasn't said anything and Moses started braking till he realized that it's him. Moses has never attacked anyone and loves people and other dogs, his favorite place is the dog park. But I know if anyone of us was ever in danger he would do what he could to protect us.

Flori... Floridamom96

Our pit is an excellent pouter. Plus he doesn't really know he's a pit. He was raised by our chihuahua (who was raised by our cat), so we have a pit bull who thinks he's a lapdog. And if you hurt his feelings he's a professional with the sad puppy dog eyes.


I've been lucky that the 3 times I've encountered them I ended up laughing. The first I was sitting on a neighbors porch alone when I saw a pit running towards me and freaked as he ran up on the porch,jumped on the setee I was siting on and rolled on his back so I would scratch his belly. The other ,I saw one coming down the street,again,freak out,well he wanted to get close but he had to pee. So he didn't know if he should follow me or pee so finally I just stopped so he could do his business and let him follow me home. Luckily he had a collar so I called his "parents". All was well. And again I was lucky.

TMK919 TMK919

Luckily we haven't had to test the emergency prepardness of our 2 pitties,  But they do cater to our toddler like crazy! Any noise, they are running to check on him! Its so cute. They love him just as much as he loves them :)

CAP1015 CAP1015

Great story

tyrel... tyrelsmom

Not yet, but I'm sure she'd be great. We had the rabbit get out once and could NOT catch it. Suddenly she starts running after it, (she'd been laying down nicely where we told her to). I was afraid she would hurt it, but no, she pounced on it and held it down so my DH could get it. Not a scratch on it.

Stella Wiggins

I love stories like this.  Dogs are awesome and they are pleasers.  Humans are the ones that are mean and cruel.  I would trust a pit before I trust a human


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