They thought beloved dog died in fire, but when they scour through house ashes—someone comes wagging

December 14, 2017 3:58 pm Last Updated: December 14, 2017 4:00 pm

The California Wildfires have been raging seemingly nonstop this year, and its taken a heavy toll on the citizens of the state. But in the midst of the ongoing struggle against the fires, are glimmers of hope.

Clint and Kathy Weaver, a couple living in Santa Monica, were woken up by a wildfire that had reached their home. They barely had enough time to get out alive, their daughter said they had to “drive through walls of flames and across a burning wooden bridge” just to get to safety.

Though Clint had to get surgery for an injury he suffered during the escape, the couple was mostly fine and had escaped with their lives. But it only got worse from there.

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It turns out that their 9-year-old Bernese Mountain dog, Izzy, had ran away during the fire. The dog was just as important as any other member of the family; she had even beat cancer twice in her lifetime! But she was nowhere to be found once the smoke settled.

The family told NBC News how she ran off in the other direction while they were fleeing the flames, and there was no time to go after her. It would be days before the fires in that area were contained, leaving the family to fear the worst about Izzy. Kathy thought that their beloved dog had perished in the fires.

“They lost everything, but my mom was most devastated about leaving Izzy.”, the daughter said in a Facebook post. It would be a few days until the fires were contained, and then the couple’s son, Jack, went to go back to the house.

Jack went to return to the house’s remains to take a video of it, but he also wanted to find Izzy.

He ended up going with his brother-in-law, Patrick. The two had to find their way around a police barricade just to get to their property. And once they got to it, it wasn’t the most promising site.

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“Here’s whats left of the house.” Jack said in the video. It’s as if there was never a house there; the house that the whole family had grown up in was reduced to rubble. Aside from the driveway gate still being up, everything was gone. Now that they saw the remnants of the house, it was time to focus on finding Izzy.

Though the discovery of the house must’ve not boded well for their hopes, the two pushed on to find her. They made their way up what used to be their driveway, calling Izzy’s name and whistling to no avail. Nearing the top of the driveway, they had nearly scoured the whole propertyy, with no sign of their dog.

Then, Jack saw something.

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A dog was running around in the nearby grass. It was Izzy!

“Izzy!”, Jack yelled as she ran up to them. The final moments of the video had the two men rejoicing at the miracle in front of them, before Jack apparently dropped his phone because he was so excited. The dog looked to be fine, even after the days of running from wildfires. Izzy was protected from the heat by her thick coat of fur, which allowed her to endure the fires.

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“It was one of the greatest moments of my life.” Jack told Guardian News. The whole family, especially Kathy, was elated to get their pooch back. This dog had beat cancer twice, and now has avoided death for a third time.

Hopefully, the Weaver family can find a new home soon, but it’ll be that much easier with Izzy by their side to look for one.

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Just a heartwarming story to share in the middle of all this devastation. My parents woke up with flames surrounding their house in wikiup bridgeway and had seconds to get out. In the chaos of trying to escape, my parent's dog Izzy ran from them. My mom couldn't chase after her without risking her own life. They had to drive through walls of flames and across a burning wooden bridge to get to mark west springs road and to safety. They lost everything, but my mom was most devastated about leaving Izzy. My brother and husband were determined to try to get back to my parents property to see if by some miracle Izzy survived. They were turned away by police officers, but if you know my brother Jack or husband Patrick…neither one likes to be told no. They ended up hiking just under 3 miles to my parent's property. This video shows the last part of their hike up to my parent's house. It's a little long, but the ending is worth the watch.

Posted by Beckyjean Widen on Thursday, October 12, 2017