Dog Lost in California Wildfire Found After 101 Days

The Ballejos family of Paradise, California reunited with their Akita Kingston 101 days after he went missing during last year’s devastating Camp Fire.

Kingston jumped out of their truck while they were evacuating, and the family never gave up hope that they would find their dog again.

Animal rescuers have been searching the fire area for months.  They have found dozens of dogs and cats lost during the fire.

Kingston seems to have survived by hunting and eating skunks, based on his pungent scent when they found him!

Click HERE for a heartwarming news video of the happy reunion!

Image:  Ben Lepe, Associated Press

Video: Pet Fire Safety Preparedness

October is one of the most dangerous months for wildfires here in California and other parts of the Western U.S.

This is because we get very little (if any) rain in the summer months, which makes the vegetation very dry.  This is combined with strong dry winds (called the Santa Anas) that blow in from the deserts to the east.

It’s important for pet owners in California—and everywhere—to be prepared for wildfires and other natural disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes.

Do you have your emergency plans in place to safely evacuate with your pets?  Here’s a video from PETA that outlines the essentials of a pet fire safety plan.  You can also find more info on the FEMA website HERE.

 

Dog hero saves family from fire

South Park, PA –  

This past weekend, Raven, an American Bulldog, proved to her family, in no uncertain terms, that dog is man’s best friend.

According to CBS Pittsburgh, the heroic dog successfully alerted her slumbering family to a blaze in their Piney Fork Road home in the early morning hours on Sunday.

While working smoke detectors are considered the gold standard for alerting homeowners to fires, time and again, we read about dogs who are credited with saving their family’s lives as their heightened senses alert them to danger long before it is otherwise apparent.

Raven is no exception.

Her family is grateful to her – calling the 7 yr-old dog “amazing”.

Good girl Raven!

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