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.
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.
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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