Former Stray Dog Prevents Owner From Entering Building — And Saves Her From Earthquake

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Poppy Yang

A young homeless puppy was rescued by a kind-hearted woman after she found her wandering the streets without anything to eat. Little did she know, six months later, the tiny dog would save her life.

Meet Twenty, the little dog who saves owner from earthquake!

Poppy Yang

Last week may have started off like any other for Poppy Yang of Taiwan, but little could she or anyone have guessed that a powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake would be striking later that evening. Quite mysteriously, however, Twenty seemed to sense that something was awry.

“At about 11 o’clock that night, I arrived home and I went out to play with the dog downstairs for a while,” Poppy told The Dodo. “We were heading upstairs at 11:30 when suddenly the dog ran back outside and started barking at the ground.”

Poppy Yang

It wasn’t the dog’s normal bark. He seemed particularly concerned about something, said Poppy.

When it was time for them to go inside, Twenty continued barking and hesitated to get into the building

“I told him to stop playing and come inside,” Poppy said. “A few seconds later, he rushed outside again and continued barking, very distressed.”

Poppy Yang

Unusually persistent, Twenty could not be cajoled away, so she was forced to stay with him outside for a while. Minutes later, earthquake hit the country.

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Fortunately, when the shaking was over, Poppy’s building was still standing. Many objects inside her apartment had fallen from the shelves, but the damage from the earthquake appeared to be relatively minor.

“But then Poppy walked into the bathroom — the very place she would have been if not for her pup.”

Poppy Yang

A glass door in the bathroom had shattered, scattering countless pointed shards across the room. Had Poppy not been delayed, things might have ended badly for her.

“I would have been seriously injured, because the moment the glass broke there was no place to hide,” she said. Instead, both Poppy and her dog were all right.

Taiwan was devastated by a strong earthquake last week

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Looking back, Poppy thinks that the dog had sensed the earthquake prior to it striking — and that’s what saved him from being badly hurt from all the broken glass: “People say that animals have the ability to predict things and it seems like it’s true,” she said.

“I am thankful he delayed me. I think it is our duty to look out for one another,” she said, noting that her act of rescuing him months earlier has, in a way, come full circle. “We will live together forever, until we’re separated by death. This is the best way we can thank each other.”

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