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ARCADIA, N.C. -- An Arcadia family says the reason they escaped their burning home is because of Bella. The Golden Retriever next door was let out to go the bathroom when she quickly realized something was wrong.

Bella started scratching and barking at Elizabeth Campbell's bedroom window.

"I thought the dog might have bit a cord and knocked our power out and that's why we got up," explains Campbell.

When Campbell and her fiancée got up to see what the commotion was about they quickly realized their home was on fire. The two are parents and were able to get all three of their kids out of the house before part of the roof collapsed.

"I sit back and think about it, if that dog wouldn't have got us up out of the bed we wouldn't have been able to make it to the two girls in the back," explains Campbell.

Bella's owner, Anthony Villalobos didn't need this to know that Bella is a good dog. She is his service dog for PTSD. Villalobos got Bella when we was in the hospital recovering from an IED blast.

"She will actually settle me down when we go out to crowded areas. She stays close to me. She provides a bubble for me," explains Villalobos.

A soldier and his dog -- next door neighbors that were there to protect.

"She saved our life. She really did," says Campbell.

The Red Cross is helping the family. Villalobos says he rewarded Bella for her good work. She had hot dogs for lunch and a steak for dinner.


  • Richard Nance

    That wonderful Dog is not only a Hero but a faithful companion to his master, it doesn’t get any better then this, hooray for this special dog, he truly is Man’s best Faithful Friend….

  • FaithC

    Dogs are amazing. Smart beyond words, never afraid to act and loyal to the core. So glad this one was there to help this family and they all got out ok.

  • Donna Hughes (@DonnaLHughes)

    This is proof of how much dogs mean to us!!!
    Unfortunately it is not illegal in my State to chain a dog.
    I am trying to create awareness, and tug on heart strings to change the laws. I hope to someday see it be illegal to chain a dog. It is so cruel! With colder than normal temperatures this year, there is a lot of suffering going on because of this!
    Please share! Thank you!
    “Dog On a 10 Foot Chain” on You Tube

    Nothing to look forward to
    Watching cars go by all day
    Nothing to play with, nothing to do
    Shivering in the cold hard rain

    They forget to bring me water
    They forget that I am here
    They don’t know how smart I am
    They don’t even see my tears

    What did I do wrong, what did I do?
    I just want someone to love me, because I love you
    Whatever it is I did wrong, maybe I can change
    No one knows how hard it is, how hard it is to be………. a dog on a 10 foot chain

    Sometimes it’s hard to stay cool
    On a blazing hot summer day
    I dream of crossing the stream
    And catching a fish as the sunlight fades

    It’s hard to stay warm in the winter
    Some nights it’s hard to be strong
    I dream of chasing butterflies
    And rabbits all day long

    The world is big and beautiful
    But I’ll never see it all
    Maybe when I go to Heaven
    Someone will throw me a red ball

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