When firefighters arrived they found the dog laying on top of Bulat, who was unconscious.
"The dog stayed on her chest the whole time, which prevented her from being burned totally," said neighbor Adele Butler.
Firefighters had to resuscitate Che using oxygen. Che is recovering at Red Paw Relief, which is an non-profit emergency response organization for pets involved with fires or other residential disasters. A spokesperson said they aren’t sure whether the 10-year-old Chow and Golden Retriever mix will survive her injuries.
Bulat is in the hospital in critical condition, with burns covering 50 percent of her body.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.