Dog barks to alert sleeping owner—she wakes up to find herself in a terrifying situation

A Pickens County woman is alive today thanks to her alert dog. Luckily, her Rottweiler was there to wake her up, saving her from a life-threatening situation in the nick of time.

On April 13, Lisa Ryal was sleeping alone at her mobile home in Pickens County, South Carolina, when she was woken up by the barking of her 135-pound (approx. 61 kg) Rottweiler, called Luger.

Luger’s out-of-the-ordinary barking captured her attention. “The dog woke me up by barking, but it wasn’t his usual whine or howl,” Ryal told Fox5.

Why was the dog barking at night?

Ryal jumped out of bed and went to the living room, only to find part of her mobile home engulfed in fire. Thank goodness Luger woke her up.

The raging inferno had swept through the living room, and was “waist on up to the ceiling.”

Ryal attempted to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher, but the fire extinguisher wasn’t working.

At the critical moment, she tried escaping through the screen door. However, the screen door wouldn’t break open, even after ramming it hard with her shoulder several times.

Luckily, she managed to open the front door just when “the flash-over occurred.”

In her attempts of escaping out from her blazing house, Ryal sustained second-degree burns to her face and feet. Besides that, she had a third-degree burn on her right hand.

The devastating fire destroyed everything in the Ryal family home.

Nevertheless, the Ryal family was grateful to their dog’s alerting them, because whilst material possessions can be replaced, a person’s life cannot.

Out of the four family members, Lisa Ryal was the only one at home at the time of the blaze.

“Extremely grateful for that dog, if it weren’t for him there is no telling what would have happened,” said Ryal’s husband, William Ryal.

“I’m so blessed to be alive,” Mrs. Ryal told Pickens Progress. “It could have been so much worse. If Luger hadn’t made all that noise I wouldn’t have woken up. I was sleeping good that day.”

In Ryal’s opinion, she thinks “God was watching out for us” that night.

“Everyone is doing as well as can be expected. Lisa goes back to the dr this week to see if she needs a graft on her hand,” Ryal’s relative, Jessica Ryal, wrote on a GoFundMe page. The page was set up in order to raise funds so the Ryal family can rebuild their home.

As for Luger, “He was not injured at all from the fire,” Ryal wrote.

We’re glad to hear that the family, as well as their watchful dog, are alive and safe. Luger, thanks for being such a great guard dog on that fateful day.

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