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Bernese Mountain dog thought to have perished in house fire surprises everyone!

Burned house dog-wow
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Katherine Weaver was certain her dog was dead. How could Izzy have survived the 2017 wildfire that devoured the home within a matter of moments? She sent her son to investigate.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 15/08/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:26

The grim task of retrieving Izzy from the burning carcass of the house fell to Jack Weaver and his brother-in-law Patrick Widen. The pair had been briefed on what to expect: a house, torn apart by a wildfire that had engulfed Northern California, and probably the body of their beloved dog.

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Notwithstanding the forewarning, as the two men approached the house, they were met by a scene of devastation. Where once Ms Weaver’s house, stood there was only rubble and smouldering remains.

Miraculous escape 

Izzy’s sudden appearance from within the wreckage was a miracle. The 9-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog bounded up to Weaver, seemingly unfazed by the commotion.

“She was very happy to see us,” Weaver told AP. “She’s such a brave dog. She was panting a lot and clearly stressed. But she was not frantic or anything.”

Weaver’s next task was to call his mother from the scene, to relay to her some good news: that despite the loss of the house, Izzy was safe and well.

A veterinarian later gave Izzy a clean bill of health, and opined that her thick coat was what saved her from serious injury.

Watch the video of Izzy’s moment here:

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