A miraculous reunion is caught on video when displaced NorCal residents return home in search of their dog.
The wildfires plaguing Northern California have left a trail of devastation, forcing those fortunate enough to survive to flee their homes. While some were able to bring their four-legged family members with them, the commotion has forced others to leave their pets behind.
The Weavers, of Santa Rosa, California, found themselves in exactly such a situation. In the chaos of escaping to safety, their dog Izzy ran from the family, and with no other choice, forced them to leave without her.
"My mom couldn't chase after her without risking her own life," daughter Beckyjean Widen wrote in a Facebook post, which is accompanied by a video taken by her brother Jack and husband Patrick.
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
The nearly four-minute video shows what's left of the Weaver's property, as they search for the lost dog. You can hear Weaver and Widen losing their breath and their hope with each step up the hill as their calls for Izzy go unanswered.
Then, finally, you can hear the voice of one of the men raise, having finally found the pup they walked over three miles in search of.
Although only visible in the last few seconds of the video, seeing Izzy run up to her human companions after what must have been a long and terrifying night is truly tear worthy.
"She was very happy to see us," Weaver said in an interview with Fox News. "She's such a brave dog. She was panting a lot and clearly stressed. But she was not frantic or anything."
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