When you bring a dog into your home you’re not only signing up for endless cuddles and unconditional love, you’re also agreeing to clean up after your lovable pooch and trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
So when Laura Smith’s recently adopted pup Chrome woke her up in the middle of the night she suspected he needed to be let outside. When she opened her bedroom door, she realized Chrome didn’t have to go to the bathroom.
In November 2017, Laura Smith adopted Chrome from Bastrop County Animal Control And Shelter.
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When Smith first spotted Chrome at a pet adoption event put on by Bastrop County Animal Control And Shelter in Bastrop, Texas, she knew Chrome was the dog for her family.
“I was not looking for another dog and was only going to look, but when I saw him across the lot, I knew he was special,” Smith told iNews.
Chrome adjusted well to his new family.
There’s a saying about how rescue dogs are the ones who rescue their owners, not the other way around. On March 4, that expression came true for Smith and her two sons, Alex, a 12-year-old, and Ian, 6.
“He’s definitely my hero right there, he’s a good dog,” she told KXAN.
Around 1 a.m. Chrome woke Smith up, which she said wasn’t unusual. She believed he had to go to the bathroom. so she opened her bedroom door to take him outside and then she saw the real reason her dog disturbed her sleep.
The house was on fire.
One night Chrome woke Smith and alerted her to a fire in their home.
“He stayed with me until I realized the house was on fire and then took off down our hallway to get the boys and helped the boys out and to safety,” Smith said. “Without Chrome, I think there would be no us today.”
Thankfully Smith, her two sons, and the family’s other older dog, who Smith doesn’t believe would have woken her up, made it out alive.
The family escaped, but lost most of their possessions in the fire.
After the fire Smith wrote a letter to the animal shelter. She wanted to let them know that the dog who once couldn’t find a forever home because he was deemed too energetic had just saved her family’s life.
“I let [the shelter volunteers] know what had happened with Chrome and that he was a hero and we all were texting back feverishly and [saying], ‘Oh my God we got to help them,'” Ana Watson, a full-time volunteer at the shelter, told KBOI.
Once the shelter became aware of Chrome’s heroic actions, they wanted to help out his family.
The shelter created a fundraiser for the family and raised $1,000. They also donated food and treats for Chrome, along with a certificate for his heroic actions.
Smith was extremely grateful for the kindness she received from the shelter and planned to use the money towards a new home. For now, the family is staying in a home provided by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Elgin.
As for what the family still needs, she said, “Don’t shop, adopt. There are tons of dogs that need a loving home that will return that love a million times over.”
Chrome and the Smith family were meant to be.