A Dachshund named True is a true hero

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We at Petfinder love hero stories, and this one , reported by Pawnation.com, is particularly heartwarming because the hero is a blind, deaf, three-legged Dachshund named True. Being deaf, “he normally sleeps like a rock,” his mom, Katie Crosley says. But he didn’t sleep like a rock on November 18.

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Katie and her seven-week-old son, Jace, were asleep on the couch in the small wooden cabin where they live in rural Grady County, OK. At 3:30 a.m., True began barking, which is uncharacteristic of him, Katie says. She figured he needed to go out. She got up and went to the front door and opened it to a wall of flames on the front porch.

Katie quickly retreated with Jace and True through the smoke that was engulfing the cabin and made it out the back door. Flames shot 30 to 40 feet in the air as Katie watched fire destroy the home where she had lived for 12 years. Apparently the fire started from an electrical short on the porch. True saved their lives.

Television news reporter for NBC affiliate KFOR Lance West says that though Katie lost everything in the cabin, she’s “grateful for so many things, mostly for the disabled Dachshund that nobody wanted but her … a rescue who somehow returned the favor.”

Rescued dogs have a knack for finding ways to thank their people. True did it in a particularly amazing way. What a good boy!

Additional video can be viewed in a follow-up story by West.