Sasha, an 8-month-old Pitbull was living with Chaichanhda family. In no time she had grown very close to the family. Sasha was everyone’s ...




Sasha, an 8-month-old Pitbull was living with Chaichanhda family. In no time she had grown very close to the family. Sasha was everyone’s favorite but her favorite was Nana’s 7-month-old daughter. She would cuddle with her all the time. The dog was very obedient but that night everything changed. Sasha began barking continuously. The pooch was in the backyard whereas Nana and her daughter were sleeping inside the house. When Nana went out to see what happened she saw Sasha jumping at the door. She opened the door and went out. It was then he realized why Sasha was behaving so weirdly. The woman immediately ran inside to grab her baby but it was too late.

This remarkable incident took place in Stockton of California. Nana Chaichanhda lived in the house with her kids. As it was Sunday she had no plans and had decided to spend the whole day at home with her kids and Sasha. But little did she know that the day was going to bring a big change in their lives.

Sasha lives with Nana and her three small kids. Unlike many dogs out there, Sasha was living an amazing life. Her mom Nana Chaichanhda is a single mother who looks after her three kids and Sasha on her own. 

Sasha is a pitbull by breed. Pitbulls are known for their aggressive nature. Kids should not be left alone with them as they do not have a good temperament. However, this is not wholly true. Pitbulls have gain popularity of their friendly nature. They are extremely loyal and affectionate with kids and adults.

The woman loved dogs. This is why she decided to adopt a dog when she felt depressed. And as expected Sasha brought lots of happiness to the house with herself. She got along with everyone in the house. Life was going amazingly for them.    

Sasha was a lovable family member. Nana and all her three kids had formed a special bond with her. But who did Sasha like the most? Sasha had made a very special bond with the 7-month-old baby. As both were of the same age, Sasha treated the baby like her sister. She loved cuddling with her sister.  

One of the reasons behind her special bond with Masailah is that the duo took birth only a month apart. Amusingly, both of them are born in the same year and differentiated only by a month. Sasha is very protective of her and stays with her all the time. Not only that they even take a shower together.

Nana said, “When the baby came home is when Sasha came home; they’ve been inseparable ever since.” Interestingly both of them became a part of the family at the same time. And as both were of the same age, Sasha felt more connected with the baby.

The dog was a little cute cuddle bug. She would keep Nana’s kids busy with her that would save a lot of time of Nana. That is why she too never mind their kids snuggling all the time with that little angel. The pooch had become center of attention of the house.   

But as they say not every day is the same. 3rd June 2018 was a whole lot different for them. Nana saw Sasha doing some weird stuff. The woman was inside her home and Sasha was in the garden. While she was patting her daughter to sleep, she heard some noise coming from the garden. The noise was getting unbearable and so she decided to see what was the matter. 

Nana presumed that Sasha wanted to come inside the house. But was it the case here? No. she had something else on her mind and Nana was soon going to figure out. Even after Sasha got inside the house, she kept on barking.        

The pooch was not in good condition. She was jumping and barking. Not only that she was crying too. What had gone wrong with her? “I heard like a loud bang and I was like what’s going on, and I heard Sasha crying, and she kept jumping at the door,” said Nana. The pooch immediately rushed inside the house once Nana opened the door.

Nana recalled, “My neighbors home was totally destroyed, and the fire was quickly spreading to my unit.”[Sasha] was trying to warn us of the fire. I got out of bed to see what was going on. At that moment I opened the back door and Sasha ran into our home, straight into our bedroom.”

This was very weird of Sasha. She had never acted this weird before. Something was definitely wrong. She stepped outside to see if everything was right. It was all dark. All her neighbors had gone to sleep. 

Nana said, “struts in and goes straight to the couch and lays down…” However, that does not happen this time. Sasha ran inside the room. She was barking at her and was moving around.

Sasha had woken up her family in the middle of the night and was behaving strangely. Nana sensed it, “OK, this is weird. This is not like her.” And when she went outside to see what was happening she got her answer. Her neighbor was caught in the fire which was approaching her apartment rapidly.    

Nana explained, “I was shocked and I was stuck, thinking, ‘Is this for real?'” She could sense her body gone cold with fear. The woman had to think on her feet as the flames were soon going to take over her house. The woman looked around to see if anyone was out.

The fire had set Nana’s cousin house ablaze. The house was engulfed with flames and now the fire was rapidly moving towards her house. Nana was all blank. She could not understand what to do. Inside the house, Sasha was looking for Masailah, her human sister. 

Nana who was yet to overcome the recent blow ran inside the house to grab her child. But little did she know there was another surprise awaiting her. She saw Sasha in her room. “She had already had my baby by the diaper and was dragging her off the bed,” Nana recalled.  

The woman hastily got the baby from the dog, found her phone and dog’s collar. After that, she ran outside the house. The woman dialed 911 with trembling hands. Her entire surrounding was sleeping so she decided to wake them up and warn them about this threat. She did not have much time.

Nana had gone white with fear. She began screaming “Fire! Fire!” She screamed from the top of her voice hoping that someone would listen to her. A few minutes later the woman started banging at the doors and windows of her neighbors in order to wake them up. 

She was extremely worried about her cousin and aunt as they used to live next to her apartment. She did not know if they were in danger or not. And then another terrifying incident took place.  

Nana was shouting out for help outside her house whereas Sasha once again ran inside the flaming house. Sasha was searching for the other two kids in the house. Luckily, that night they were not staying in the house.

Nana said, “they were visiting their dad at the time, but Sasha didn’t know that.” In a few minutes, firefighters made to the site. Nana requested them to find Sasha. Smoke was billowing out of the house. It was difficult to tell if she was alive or not.    

Nana did not want to lose Sasha at any cost. She had become an integral part of the family. But no matter how much the firefighters tried they could not find her. “The smoke was so bad. I kept yelling, ‘Where’s Sasha?’ and the firefighters said there’s no dog in there. But I knew Sasha was in the house.” 

Nana was still in disbelief. Had they lost Sasha forever? The firefighters could not find her. Does it mean she got burnt down? She needed to go inside the house and look for her own self. The second the fire was put out of the house, she got inside to look for the pooch. Was she going to find her? 
She looked inside every room but she was not there. Her heart began to sink. However, she did not give up just yet. After the rooms, she looked at the place where her kids used to play hide and seek.  “My kids love to play hide and seek, and that’s their hiding spot.”      

Nana reminisces, “When I found her, I started crying, I hugged her, I kissed her; I was so emotional.” That was the first time Nana realized how important Sasha had become to all of them. Only the imagination of losing Sasha had sent chills down her spine. 

Nana’s affection for Sasha has only increased since the accident. Sasha always spends the nights sleeping with one of the kids. You could see her cuddling with one of them. But that particular day she stayed in the backyard. Had she not been there, they might have got killed. Thanks to her, Nana and her daughter managed to escape in time. 

‘Thanks to Sasha we were able to get out safe and call 911. We got everyone out their homes and to safety. 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.’

Nana is very thankful to her, “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.” Luckily, no harm was caused to the family in the accident but Nana’s house razed down. Clearly, Nana and her family had to find a new hideout to stay until the house gets fixed.  

Their apartment had got completely destroyed. It was going to take at least an hour for the house to get back to its former shape and till then they had to find another place to live in. Furthermore, after the renovation of the property, it was going to be very expensive for Nana to afford.

Nana explained, “We can’t go home anymore,” she said. “My son is 9 and my daughter is 8; explaining to them was hard. [They said] ‘Will we be homeless?’ I said, ‘No, we’re going to be OK.'” They had one more sad news awaiting them.

Whereas Sasha was found safe and sound there was no trace of her cousin HP. Nana said, “He’s Sasha’s brother; they came from the same litter.” “HP is very friendly and he loves everybody, We’re hoping somebody will return him.”

Thanks to Nana’s sister, the family did not have to bear much trouble. She started a GoFundMe page and guess what, in just 11 days the page surpassed the previously set donation goal. Many people came forward and made donations. Nana could not get settled inside her house until the investigation regarding the cause of fire reaches the end. 

So, Nana decided that the kids would stay with their father and Sasha would live with her. Nana explained that Sasha had gone very sad after getting separated from the kids. She “misses the kids and sleeping in their beds. I take the kids over there so Sasha doesn’t cry all day,” said Nana.  
Not only Nana but her aunt too has gauged the affection Sasha holds for the kids. “My aunt has been calling me, saying [Sasha] is crying, but I brought the baby in and she’ll just calm down.” Nana added, “She’s family.”
Nana talks about Sasha, “She’s always been a part of the family. Now she just gets steak.” Well, the bravery of the dog earned her lots of love and delicious meals. She actually emerged as a hero as if it was not for her, this story would have a tragic end.   

It will take at least a year for the family to get back to their old house. Though they are missing their house badly, Nana considers herself very lucky as she managed to get out of it in time. She is hopeful that they would soon find a way out.  

The cause of the fire is still unknown. The police are yet to find a breakthrough. However, the fire destroyed many houses but luckily no casualty was reported.

Isn’t it an amazing story and a great example of dogs’ loyalty to their owner? We have heard a lot of stories about people rescuing dogs but his one is different in the sense that the dog rescued a family. Kudos to Sasha.

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