These days you can hardly turn on the news without hearing about the devastating wildfires that are burning their way through California. Occasionally, amid all of the death and destruction, there comes the miraculous story of hope and survival. Like the story of Izzy, a Bernese Mountain Dog, in Windsor, California, who surprised her family by surviving a horrific wildfire that took everything else they owned.
Katherine Weaver was devastated by the belief that her dog had perished in the fire. The family had had to flee the area so quickly that she had still been in her nightgown. Izzy got left behind in the chaos, having run off to seek safety on her own. Weaver's son, Jack, and son-in-law, Patrick Widen, took on the grim task of trying to find Izzy's remains for her.
The two men hiked miles past police barricades, through a creek, and up hilly roads in Northern California They located the property where the Weaver home once stood and called out for Izzy. To their astonishment the dog came out of the rubble to greet them. She had come through the ordeal unscathed.
After this joyous reunion Jack's first mission was to get through to his mother, who was staying in San Francisco Bay area with relatives. Even though cellphone service was not good, he finally managed to reach her with the news. She went from devastation to being the happiest person on the planet in that moment.
A veterinarian said that the 9-year-old dog likely survived the fire by being insulated by her thick fur. The average life expectancy of a Bernese Mountain Dog is 7-8 years. So Izzy is one tough old lady!
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