Resilient Rottweiler survives wildfire; reunites with household

KERN COUNTY, Calif. (KGET) — After the flames of the Stagecoach Fireplace engulfed their household house, the Smith household stated it was tough to seek out hope. Wendy Kraus-Smith, her husband Kevin, and their 4 boys have been left with the garments on their again, as 20 years of reminiscences turned to ashes. The toughest loss: their favourite four-legged member of the family Mr. T, thought to have perished within the blaze.

“I felt glad that we received out of there, however I truthfully felt failure in my coronary heart that I couldn’t get him out,” stated Wendy Kraus-Smith.


Nonetheless, 24-hours later, a ray of hope emerged from the rubble. One which introduced a smile to face of the in any other case damaged mom.

“That is the primary time I’ve been smiling in a number of days,” stated Kraus-Smith. “Truthfully, my cheeks are a bit of sore.”

Because the household reckoned with their new actuality that night time at a resort in Bakersfield, a miracle had taken place again on the mountain. At midnight and on their lonesome, one other member of the family was pacing the scorched earth the place the home as soon as stood. Mr. T had survived, and he was ready for his household to come back again house.


“I couldn’t even fathom that he might stay in a single day in all of that destruction,” stated Kraus-Smith. “There was simply such a aid from all the children and myself, and it was identical to immediately, like okay. All proper. He made it. That is good; we will make it to, , that is the households again collectively once more.”

Regardless of struggling a extreme case of pneumonia from the smoke inhalation, the resilient rottweiler is now recovering at Breckinridge Ok-9 Resort. Resort owner Lisa Bell has set up an online fundraiser for the family.

“It’s simply so miraculous,” stated Bell. “It brings tears to my eyes.”


Now, Kraus-Smith says she’s counting down the times till the household can rebuild their mountain ranch so she will reunite her kids with their favourite furry relations.

“I definitively can say he’s presupposed to be a part of my household, the resiliency of this canine is echoed in my household. We’re simply grateful that our household is lastly collectively once more.”