In the aftermath of the deadly wildfires that devastated northern California, these two men were hiking through the ravaged territory when they found something lurking in the shadows…
On Sunday, Beckyjean Widen’s parents woke up in horror as they found a ferocious wildfire raging through their Santa Rosa neighborhood along Wikiup Bridge Way.
In the moment of chaos, the family’s 9-year-old Bernese mountain dog, Izzy, came loose. With just seconds to escape, her “parents” simply had no time to chase after Izzy. They were forced to leave Izzy behind in a life-threatening situation.
“My mom couldn’t chase after her without risking her own life,” Widen wrote in a Facebook post.
Her parents drove through harrowing walls of fire and across a burning wooden bridge to get to safety.
Their home was completely ravaged by the wildfires, but what was more devastating for Widen’s mother, Katherine Weaver, was the loss her beloved Izzy. She believed Izzy had perished in the raging fire.
But Widen’s brother, Jack Weaver, and husband, Patrick Widen, were determined to “see if by some miracle Izzy survived.” So, on Tuesday, they walked around police barricades and hiked three miles up through a creek and a hilly road to reach the family property.
Jack Weaver was completely devastated upon seeing the family’s house, which had been burned to the ground.
Just then, he noticed a black creature come jumping out of the blackened trees. It was Izzy! She ran toward them, wagging her tail.
“Oh my God! Come here, baby!” called out the ecstatic Weaver.
“She was very happy to see us,” Weaver told the Associated Press. Izzy smelled of soot and was covered in ashes.
“She’s such a brave dog. She was panting a lot and clearly stressed. But she was not frantic or anything.”
When Weaver called his mother to tell her, 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.”
Miraculously, Izzy was fine and has most likely survived due to her thick fur coat, which insulated her from the heat, said the veterinarian.
“She didn’t have a burn on her,” Weaver told Mother Nature Network. “It definitely lifted my family’s spirits.”
In fact, Izzy has survived once again, after triumphing over cancer twice, NBC News reported.
Weaver filmed the joyous reunion on his phone in a video that has gone viral on Facebook.
“We are happy this story is bringing so much joy to people in this devastating time for our community,” said Beckyjean Widen, reports SFGate.
Watch the video below:
NOTE: This video contains some explicit language