Dog Found Protecting House After Fire

April Livingston | November 20th, 2018

The Camp Fire in Paradise, California has left death and destruction in its wake. Many people have lost their lives, their homes, and every one of their possessions. But for a dog named Ella, who is a border collie, she survived. Ella was found in the rubble and smoke of her neighborhood doing what she does best: protecting the last standing home in her neighborhood. The sweet dog was found exhausted and with burned paws, but still alive. Her own family’s home was destroyed, but she made her way to the last standing home and waited there for days.

Ella’s owners are the Copsey family and when they began to evacuate their Paradise, California home, Ella was nowhere to be found. The urgency and chaos of the situation meant the family could not stay behind to find her—they had to leave immediately. So, they hoped for the best and got in their car. The fire surrounded them as they drove, and the kids even said they could feel the heat on their faces. The family knew about the fire the day before, but initially the fire wasn’t a serious situation—it was a small fire that experts said would be handled quickly.

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But all that changed the next day, and the family barely made it out alive as fire surrounded their car on the crowded roads to evacuate. They made it out safely, but soon learned their home was destroyed. They feared the worst for their dog Ella, too. But then a friend called and said Ella was found: she was guarding the neighbor’s home. She suffered minor burns and has been treated and is on the mend. The family is being assisted by charitable groups, and so is Ella: the local humane society donated a crate and food for her as the family works to rebuild their lives after losing everything.

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