The cataclysmic wildfires now stretch 100 miles wide and it scorches dry areas of Northern California. The inferno has taken the lives of at least 40 people and destroyed at least 5,700 buildings. Kathy Weaver’s house was one of the homes hit by the wildfires and the blaze engulfed the area so quickly that she had to flee her Santa Rosa home and had no time to even change out of her nightgown. During the frantic evacuation, the family’s beloved dog ran away. There was no time to chase after Izzy, a 9-year-old Bernese Mountain dog. However, family members went back to look for Izzy and survey the damage. And amongst all of the destruction, they also found Izzy.
Beckyjean Widen, Kathy’s daughter, posted a video of the heartwarming reunion on Facebook and described how thoroughly relieved the family was to find Izzy.
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.
A veterinarian said Izzy may have survived because of her thick fur coat which insulated her from the heat.
“She was very happy to see us,” said Kathy’s son Jack. “She’s such a brave dog. She was panting a lot and clearly stressed. But she was not frantic or anything.” Despite running into a massive wildfire, Izzy is a good girl.