Good Boy: Ralph the Great Dane’s Bark Alerts Family to House Fire
A 4-year-old Great Dane’s barks likely saved his family from a fire in their Alabama home early Tuesday morning.
Derek Walker, who lives in central Alabama with his wife Maria Gilbert and two kids, said Ralph began barking a little before 2:30 a.m., according to al.com.
"He was in his kennel inside the house and we heard him barking,'' Walker tells the website. “He usually doesn’t make a sound at night. And it was a different kind of bark.”
He stirred from his bed to see what was behind Ralph’s barking when he heard a noise in the kitchen. Then he saw flames outside the window and started yelling for everyone to get up and leave the house, al.com writes.
Gilbert roused their daughter and then went to retrieve their son, who was still asleep in a room full of smoke, Walker says. He got Ralph out of his kennel and tried to coax the family’s two miniature pigs out of their sunroom. One pig got out, but one sadly didn’t survive.
The North Shelby Fire Department tells al.com the firefighters were sent to the home around 2:25 a.m. and found a “heavy fire” at the rear of the split-level home when they got there.
The family lost most of their possessions, but thanks to Ralph, the parents and kids are safe.