Back on an early Thanksgiving morning many years ago we had 2 siamese cats that were brothers.
The furnace in our basement would throw out a flame when turned on. My mom one evening left a broom next to that furnace. During the night that broom caught fire, and promptly lit up everything in the basement once ignited. The walls, the clothing, drapes, etc.
We were all sound asleep and my father the previous night had consumed a bottle of Wild Turkey with some friends. He was out soundly!
The 2 cats started yowling and jumping on my mother, over and over. They would not leave her alone.
She finally awoke thinking they wanted out for some reason, got up took them down stairs and saw the billowing black smoke. She woke us up and we all had to run across the street. It took several attempts to get my father up....
Needless to say it saved our lives....the smoke was so bad it had to be pumped out by the fire dept. once they arrived.
My husband as a young boy was out playing with a friend in the snow and with the friends little Lab. They were running through the neighborhood and suddenly a Saint Bernard broke loose from his chain and cornered them. The little Lab threw his little body at that dog and sacraficed himself for the boys and saved them.
As many of you know, here in central Florida we had a horrible night of Tornados. Although nothing touched down here, one of my Dobies would not let us sleep, pacing, nosing the covers off us, and whimpering in the middle of the night. He paced and paced out side of our bedroom door, finally sleeping just outside of our door.......Apparently he was doing this as Tornadoes were going over the top of us. I tried taking him out once and he wouldn't go.
He just wanted us to be aware......