By Ron Jones

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Debbie White went to sleep readying to celebrate Christmas when her Sacramento home caught fire.

She might not have seen the holiday had it not been for her dog.

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White says she had no idea until Forest, a pit-lab mix, warned her the home had caught fire.

“He wouldn’t leave the house without me,” she said.

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Forest ran into her bedroom and jumped on top of White, biting her to try to get her out of the burning home.

“I was so far into sleep that I was going to die,” she said. “He drug me out the door and into the front yard.”

The bedroom erupted in flames.

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“My family could be planning a funeral, because they say the smoke was above me,” she said. “I would do anything for this dog. This dog saved my life.”