Broken Arrow Family Credits Dog With Saving Their Lives

Monday, October 12th 2009, 4:17 pm
By: News On 6

By Craig Day, The News On 6

BROKEN ARROW, OK -- A Broken Arrow family is crediting their German Shepherd with saving their lives. Last week, their house caught fire and the family believes they would have likely been killed by the smoke if their persistent pooch Rocky had not wakened them. 

Lisa Legg says it still hasn't sunk in that her house caught fire. Legg and her family are staying with relatives until they figure out what to do next and when they can get back into their Broken Arrow home.

"It's pretty sad. At least my kids and my animals, everybody, we're fine," said Lisa Legg, a fire victim.

It was early Friday morning. Legg and her two children were asleep, while her husband was at work.

10/9/2009 Related story: Cause Of Broken Arrow House Fire Still Under Investigation

A fire started in the garage. Legg was sound asleep and getting over the flu. She didn't hear the smoke detector. That's when Rocky stepped in.

"He just kept on and kept on. He pulled the covers off and nibble at me and I would cover my head back up, and he would come back up and nibble some more and howl and I would say, ‘no' and cover my head back up," said Lisa Legg.

The one-year-old German Shepherd was persistent enough to finally get Legg's attention. That's when she smelled smoke and got her family and other pets outside.

"He's our everything. Without him, I wouldn't have my kids or anything," said Lisa Legg.

Rocky is a service dog in training and will help Legg in her struggle with multiple sclerosis. She never thought Rocky would be put to the test with a house fire. But Legg says he passed with flying colors and saved their lives.

"We owe (Rocky) everything," said Lisa Legg.

As you can imagine, Rocky is getting some extra special treatment. He had bacon and eggs for breakfast Monday morning, and will soon get a trip to a doggie spa to get even more pampering.