Making tough decisions is part of being an adult. Often we have to live with the decisions that we make, but sometimes, Lady Luck will be there for us to make things alright. If we are lucky enough to experience the latter, hopefully, we learn from our mistakes, and we become prepared for any situation that befalls us.

This is what this family from Santa Rosa, California, had learned when their dog went missing. They were faced with a tough dilemma when a wildfire broke out in their neighborhood, and they had to evacuate. Oftentimes, dogs get spooked during wildfires and their 9-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog, Izzy, was no exception.

Whenever a wildfire breaks out, the first priority is to save yourself. Material possessions can be replaced, but lives can’t be. This is the bitter truth that drove the Widen family to abandon Izzy. The gigantic dog panicked and ran away. Unfortunately, the Widens didn’t have the luxury of time to chase after her.

They drove away from the fire and once they have brought the family to a safe place, Patrick Widen and his brother-in-law Jack Weaver, tried to come back for Izzy. Unfortunately, police officers did not allow them to go back to their neighborhood as it wasn’t safe yet for anyone to go there.

Once the fire has been put out, the two men went on a mission to find their lost pup. They weren’t sure if she was still alive, but as any other dog parent would do, they had to try. They hiked a total of 3 miles searching for the pup, within a scorched neighborhood that was once their home.

They recorded their search, and from the sound of their voices, you could tell that they were pretty tired. But understandably, they were determined to find her. Luckily for Patrick and Jack, their mission was a success, they found her! Good thing Izzy wasn’t too spooked to run away again. See the video of them finding Izzy below.

Credits: Beckyjean Widen


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