When this Australian couple returned home after a bushfire, it looked like they'd lost everything. Then their pooch found something that put a smile back on everyone's face!
By, 28 Jan 2020
Matt and Katie Zagami live in Wairewa, Australia, with their beloved Golden Retrievercalled OJ.
But they had to evacuate the family home after reports that devasting bushfires were on the way.
The fires have already destroyed around 11 million hectares of land, along with 2,000 family homes and farms.
So when the Zagami's returned a few days later, they expected the worst.
However, nothing could have prepared them for what they discovered. All that remained of the family home was rubble and piles of ash.
But then OJ made a discovery that managed to put a smile on everyone's faces in the darkest of moments.
Because after searching through the charred remains for a few minutes, OJ found his favourite cuddly toy!
Journalist Louisa Cheatley shared the heartwarming story on Twitter:
"OJ returned to his Wairewa home today that was completely destroyed by fire. He found his favourite stuffed toy in the rubble."
The story soon went viral, receiving over 175,000 likes. It was also retweeted 21,000 times.
Members of the dog-loving community took the opportunity to send their love and support to those affected by the bushfires.
poor baby😢 ... so glad he is alive and breaking my heart to think how confused he must feel. I hope his family is with him ,they all need each other very much right now. Much love and prayers to all... 💖🙏— Shelley Block (@Shadowwulff) January 15, 2020
Ten other houses burned to the ground during the fires in Wairewa. Thankfully, the area was evacuated in advance, and there were no serious injuries or loss of life.
The Zagami's are now trying to come to terms with the tragic event:
The couple will now begin rebuilding the family home. It won't be easy, but at least they've still got each other, and at least little OJ has got his favourite toy!
This is OJ. After safely evacuating, him and his family returned to their home in Wairewa, Australia yesterday to find it entirely destroyed by the fires. But amongst the rubble, OJ found his favorite toy had survived. 14/10 never letting it go again pic.twitter.com/gx3d0P5349— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) January 15, 2020