Dog Wakes Family To Let Them Know There's Someone Outside Asking For Help

"He’s a hero."

Things could have ended up tragically different if it weren’t for this alert little dog named Max.

In the wee hours of last Friday morning, while his family all lay in bed, Max was awoken by a sound he could not ignore. Emanating from the quiet night just outside the family's front door were the faint cries of a cat in distress.

And to Max, that called for action.

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“He was barking nonstop,” Laylany, Max’s owner, told The Dodo. “He kept scratching at the door.”

Realizing something must be wrong, the dog's family got up to check. They opened the front door and discovered a stray kitty whose head was trapped in a food wrapper bag.

She'd sought out help, and found it in Max.

“The poor cat was suffocating, but somehow managed to find her way to our door," Laylany said. "My dad approached and removed the bag."

Here's that moment on video:

Afterward, the cat ran off into the night — alive, thanks in no small part to Max's insistence that his family wake up to assist her.

"He’s a hero," Laylany said, "because if it wasn’t for him barking, we would’ve never known that the cat was in need of help."