Puppy Saves Family of Five from Arson Attack

Araya awoke to the flames and smoke, and immediately went to warn Mark. She got him to wake by pawing at him and barking very loudly and non-stop.

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A ten-month-old puppy who has only been with her family for one week is being credited with saving them from an arson attack that took place at their home in Manchester, UK.  An investigation into what happened and why this family was the target of the arsonist’s fury is underway.  Mark Johnston and his family are just happy to have made it out of this situation alive and with no one badly injured.

 

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The fire started around 4 am on Sunday.  A wheelie trash bin was pushed up against the front door, stopping anyone from leaving the home.  Araya awoke to the flames and smoke, broke out of her training crate and immediately went to warn Mark.  She got him to wake by pawing at him and barking very loudly and non-stop.  Once Mark was awake he rushed to get the rest of the family to safety (likely through the back door).

 

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“Without Araya, we would probably be dead,” Mark said.  “I was sound asleep and the door between me and the front door was shut so I was not going to wake up. She came in and was pawing at me and barking.  Everyone was asleep upstairs so you dread to think what might have happened.”

 

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Mark, his wife Emma, their son Marshall,  and their daughters Courtney and McKenzie are very thankful for their lives, as well as for their other dog, nine-year-old Rottweiler Tyson.  Another daughter, Taylor, was staying at a friend’s house that night.  Way to go, Araya!

 

126 thoughts on “Puppy Saves Family of Five from Arson Attack

    1. OMG what a BEAUTIFUL dog!!! And very smart also. Can anyone tell me what breed he is? He is absolutely gorgeous.

  1. What a beautiful dog with a huge amount of love! How bout she gets to sleep out of the crate from now on?

  2. I’m so against crating large dogs. So glad she was able to break out. It could have been so tragic if not.

  3. I am glad she managed to escape the crate! If not, everyone would have died! So: do not crate your dog… It can save your life!

  4. Aw lovely. Not keen on an aminal being confined to a crate though. Luckily this dog could get free

  5. My two large dogs have the house when we go to bed. The other 3 usually more naughty get crated at night. But when I crate all I only latch the top one. Once gunner worked to get out of her crate bcz she had diarrhea.

  6. Lovely story. I just can’t get my head around why Americans feel the need to cage their poor animals in crates? WTF? Okay human, bed time, get into your jail cell?

  7. I hate crating…non of my dogs gave ever been crated…yet my daughter has 3 yorkies and they love going in thier crates which always remains open all day long…and the use it ALL THE TIMe?? then at nite they close it…I still feel suffocated when I visit her and she closes it at nite…I guess it’s my issues I have with it and stories of people that misuse it and leave them in for hours!!

  8. Stop crating/caging or pets! We say they are our family but yet you cage them. So unsafe for them especially in a fire!

  9. I am glad that the family was able to make it out okay. Dogs can definitely make unlikely heroes sometimes. I remember last year, my mother broke her ankle while everyone was at work (she tripped down some stairs in the garage) and my golden retriever helped her to get back in the house and get to a phone to call for help.

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