“Chewbarka” Lives Up To Nickname and Saves His Family From Fire

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
A Florida family is thanking their lucky stars, and their chihuahua-dachshund mix, for their lives as the little dog saved the entire family from a 5-alarm house fire.

A Jacksonville, Florida man had retired to bed early while his wife joined him not much later. James Parsons and his wife Theresa were then woken up at 1:56am by their 3-year-old dog, Sir LaRue Winnieschnitzle, who was nicknamed “Chewbarka.” The Chihuahua-dachshund mix started barking and simply wouldn’t stop, according to James.

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His wife went to the back porch of their mobile home, looking to see if there was something that was causing Chewbarka to bark so much–maybe a possum or raccoon was out there.

Instead, it turned out their house was on fire. Thankfully, Theresa was able to find the fire–billowing flames and smoke pouring from their back porch area. James said it was literally a wall of flames that was about to suck them all in and they found out just in time.

They escaped through their front door, but lost everything as the fire ravaged their home. Firefighters said the fire was all around and there was no part of the structure that wasn’t involved.

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Sadly, the fire happened on Theresa’s birthday, and she lost many pieces of autism support memorabilia that she had. The Parsons’ son 14-year-old Brian is autistic, and is having a hard time with losing everything. They are now homeless, living temporarily with their landlord who lived next door to their former home, and donations are being made to help the family recover. Both James and Theresa are physically disabled because of health problems with their spine and nerves, and are looking for a place to live.

We’re giving Chewbarka a four-paw salute – way to go, little fella!

[Source: Tallahassee Democrat]

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