Sometimes a tiny dog can make a really big difference. Just ask our office favorite, @fridachiquita, an adorable three-legged chihuahua that perks up everyone’s day. But today’s story isn’t about Frida, but a different tiny puppy altogether.
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In the middle of the night on a Tuesday in August, the Parson family slept soundly in their house in Tallahassee, Florida. At 1:56am the family pup started barking and wouldn’t stop. The dog’s barking was so incessant that it woke the family up. Theresa Parsons went outside to the back porch to investigate the situation with her dog and was met with a wall of flames, instead of a possum like she originally thought. Smoke and fire were billowing from their back porch, getting closer and closer to the main bedrooms. Theresa and her husband James hurried to get their 14-year old son, Brian, and rushed out of the house towards safety just before the house was engulfed in flames.
The bark that saved them belonged to a small dog called Sir LaRue Winnieschnitzle. This three year old pup is a chihuahua-dachshund mix that goes by the nickname “Chewbarka”. Chewbarka is a small dog with a big bark– and an even bigger heart. Despite his tiny size, he was able to make a difference. It was his incessant barking that first alerted the Parson family to the fire. James Parson said, “I’m grateful to be alive. Grateful that God used this dog to bark”. Theresa believes that Chewbarka’s barks were a divine alarm and stands firm in her faith.
Although the family was unhurt, the house suffered irreversible damages and they lost almost all of their belongings. Firefighter Matt O’Brein was one of the first responders on the scene and said, “When we came, the structure was fully involved and the fire was pretty much all around it.” The property sustained about $85,000 worth of damages. But Chewbarka made sure that the family got out of the house safely.
This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen a brave dog save their owner from danger. In 2016, a fluffy pup named Che saved his owner from a devastating fire. Andrea Bulat, Che’s owner, was trying to get out of the house but fell unconscious in the living room before she could make it out of the house. Instead of leaving her, Che protected her from the flames with his body by lying on top of her and kept on barking until help arrived, refusing to leave her side the whole time. Che also helped to save the neighbours too, by alerting them to the fire before it spread to their houses as well. He’s being hailed as a hero dog for his actions.
Jen Leary, founder of the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team arrived on scene just as Che was being pulled out by firefighters and was approached by grateful neighbors.
The Red Paw Emergency Relief Team is like the animal version of a first responder, and arrive to help take care of pets when emergencies arise. Che and his owner were both able to make a full recovery.