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Dog named Hero saves family from burning home

February 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The Rankin family must have had some sort of strange premonition when they named their dog.

The dog's name is hero, and that's exactly what she was on Monday.

Hero's incessant barking woke up the family as fire ripped through their house in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pa.

"She's our hero, because she's the one who woke us up," said Keith Rankin.

The Rankins' house was destroyed, but they said they don't care because they have their lives and their hero dog.