The Santa Rosa wildfires have been a catastrophic event. They have been tearing through neighborhoods and homes faster than anyone can anticipate. People have been fleeing their homes without any preparation, and are forced to leave everything behind.
Katherine Weaver was forced to evacuate her home in the middle of the night, and in her escape her dog Izzy got away from her. Izzy bolted away from her owners, back into the dangerous areas, and the Weavers had no choice but to leave her behind. The fire was getting out of control and they couldn't stay behind to look for her.
Unable to face the heartbreak herself, Weaver asked her son Jack to go and look at the remains of their home. Jack went to the neighborhood a day later and began to film the wreckage and destruction. It took a long time to make it back up to the house, but when they got there they were greeted by a familiar face...
He captured video as he walked through the burned neighborhood and headed up to where his parents lived. They had been told by police that they shouldn't be going up to the homes but they had hoped that some miracle would have allowed their precious dog to survive. They had to go check.
They walked the 3 miles up to the house, calling out for the dog with hopes that they could find her. Finally, as if out of a dream, there she was. She came bounding up to her family, a little bit dirty and stressed but so happy to see her people.
Jack immediately called Katherine to let her know. He said that "she just lost it. She went from being devastated about losing her home to the 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.”
Izzy had a vet check up to make sure she was okay and apparently her thick fur coat helped insulate her from the intense heat. A lot of other pets aren't so lucky and end up with burns on their paws or under their fur, but somehow Izzy managed to stay safe.
Watch to the end to see the emotional reunion:
Good job Izzy, you were a very good girl!