Family Miraculously Finds Dog They Lost When Escaping California Wildfires


During the horrible California wildfires when people lost loved ones, memories perished and property was destroyed, a four-legged miracle occurred.

The Weavers of Santa Rosa had to flee their home in seconds as fires quickly tore through the community. The mom, Katherine, only had her nightgown when she escaped, according to the Associated Press.

During all the chaos, the family’s dog, Izzy, a 9-year-old Bernese mountain dog, fled. Not able to find the dog, they were forced to leave their home without her, driving through walls of flame to just get out of the community.

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A few days after the fires, Katherine’s son, Jack Weaver, and her son-in-law, Patrick Widen, went back to assess the damage and to see if there was any chance they could track down Izzy.

The two men scoured the community, walking three miles, to their home.  Upon arriving at what was their home, Jack, swore upon seeing there was nothing left.

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While documenting the property using a video for Jack’s parents, they were also calling for Izzy, hoping, by some small miracle, she survived.

And at the vey end of the film Izzy came into frame, trotting out from her place of hiding.

“Izzy’s here!” Jack says in the video of the emotional reunion. “Izzy!” “Oh my God! Come here, baby!”

Jack told the AP that,  “She’s such a brave dog. She was panting a lot and clearly stressed. But she was not frantic or anything.”

Jack called his mother, and told the publication,  “She just lost it. She went from being devastated about losing her home to being the happiest person I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t get home fast enough. She was really, really happy … She’s still shaken up by the whole thing, but she’s in much better spirits now that Izzy is at our house.”

As for Izzy, she is doing fine and just happy to be home.

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Check out the happy reunion below:

By Andrea Huspeni

Andrea Huspeni is the founder and CEO of This Dog's Life. Her mission it to help dogs live a happier, healthier and longer life. When she isn't working, she spends time with her two dogs, Lola and Milo. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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