When, Lauren Mesaros, a registered nurse with The University of California–San Francisco, was ordered to evacuate her Santa Rosa home because of wildfires in the area, she had to get inventive. She was given only a matter of minutes to evacuate herself and her pets, but she was unable to find a trailer big enough to fit all three of her horses.
The trailer that she had was lent to her by her friend, Carol Spears. It could fit two horses with relative ease—but there was no space left for her miniature horse, Stardust.
She did, however, have room in her 2001 Honda Accord.
She dangled a carrot in front of Stardust while Spear pushed him from behind.
“He just went in like a big dog. As a horse owner we didn’t think twice about it. It’s like putting your dog or cat in the car,” Mesaros told The Press Democrat.
Mesaros was worried that Stardust would get carsick because of the traffic and try to hop in the front seat with her. So, she sang songs to him and he was calm throughout the whole ride.
All of Mesaros’ horses have been safely evacuated to Wild Horse Ranch in Sebastopol.
Shortly thereafter, Cindy Mesaros (Lauren’s sister-in-law), posted a picture of Stardust in the back of the car to Facebook. It’s certainly a funny picture and it has been shared over 17,000 times. Still, knowing the full context behind the image makes it not only hilarious but heroic as well.
Mesaros is happy that her horses are safe, but claims that there is a downside to bringing Stardust through such an unconventional method.
“My car will never smell the same again,” Mesaros told SF Gate, “It’s a little funky in the backseat but [Stardust] survived.”
Luckily, there might be someone willing to clean up the mess or rather, some company.
“Honda responded to my social media post and they’re sending something, and the local Honda dealer called about planning a fundraiser,” Cindy Mesaros told The Dodo.
Now Stardust is back at home but things aren’t quite back to normal.
“Between us, fame is going to Stardust’s head,” Cindy joked. “He’s always been a bit of a stinker.”