Woman Escapes Wildfire with Dog in Her Bag

In the state of California, wildfires have taken a devastating toll on the landscape and all those who lived in its path. For one woman named Natasha Wallace, there were just minutes to escape the wildfire. In quickly gathering her most precious belongings, there was one thing that mattered to her most: her dog.

Natasha Wallace//Facebook

Natasha Wallace, who is a college student in the area of Santa Rosa, was on campus studying with the fire first broke out. She drove home soon after, around the hour of 1:00 a.m., and realized there was a massive outbreak of fire stretching across the freeway. It was in that moment that she knew that she was in very serious danger and needed to act quickly in order to safely escape. She was able to make it back to her home and packed some bags up with her belongings. She also brought her dog Bentley in the car with her and the two drove away to safety.

Natasha Wallace//Facebook

However, the massive fires made it nearly impossible to get anywhere and traffic was a mess. That meant she couldn’t even leave her neighborhood. After sitting in her car for a few moments, Natasha could see the fire quickly getting closer. She was determined to find her way to safety, and did not want to be stuck in her car so she turned around and went back home. Rather than try to drive her car, she instead emptied her bags and made room for what was most important: her dog Bentley. The 70-pound dog hopped into a duffel bag and she placed it around her neck and hopped on her bicycle. She biked for several miles until someone in a truck spotted the pair and gave them a ride the rest of the way.

Natasha Wallace//Facebook

Though she lost all her possessions and home in the fire, Natasha takes comfort in knowing her dog is safe. The two are staying with relatives now as they rebuild, and though they lost everything they still have each other.

Natasha Wallace//Facebook
Next Article
ADVERTISEMENT
  • Dog Named Rescue Helps Marathon Bombing Survivors

    Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, a young married couple, had their lives completely changed on April 15, 2013. They were newlyweds and both well on their way to move across the country in order to pursue careers in the medical field. However, all of that changed when they stood near the finish line of the...

    Read More
  • Rescuers Save Homeless Dog and Her Puppies

    For a terrier mix named Summer, the streets were considered her home. She had been living on the streets of Los Angeles for quite a while. Many people in the area took care of her as best as they could, feeding her and watching out for her well-being....

    Read More
  • How to Keep Your Dog Safe in the Winter

    As the winter season approaches, temperatures drop and humans don their warmest clothing. For our canine friends, precautions should also be taken in order to keep them both safe and warm during the cold days of winter. So, what is a pet owner to do? There are a few ways that you can take precautions...

    Read More
  • Puppy Nearly Dies After Encountering Drugs on a Morning Walk

    It’s incredibly common to take your dog on a walk each day to ensure they get plenty of exercise to keep them fit and healthy. Taking a young puppy for a walk is no exception; this activity is crucial to their development and good behavior. But for one young puppy, a recent morning walk nearly...

    Read More
  • Police Officers Take Shelter Dogs on Ride-Alongs

    In law enforcement, it is common to allow members of the community to participate in ride-alongs. These activities allow civilians to understand more about what it’s like to be in law enforcement and the typical day in the life of these professionals. But in Nebraska, the local Human Society decided to partner with their local...

    Read More
  • Firefighters Run with Shelter Dogs

    At the Arlington County Fire Department in Arlington, Virginia, physical fitness is a crucial component of the job. The crew works out every day in order to maintain their physical strength, which got them thinking about how they could take their activity to the next level. That’s when they contacted the Animal Welfare League of...

    Read More
  • Dog High Fives Runners at New York Marathon

    As anyone who has run a marathon will tell you, support from the crowd is an incredible way to boost your mood while struggling through the long miles of the race. Typically there are hundreds of spectators that line the roads during a race, offering runners moral support with cheers, handmade signs, and perhaps a...

    Read More
  • Do Dogs Need a Winter Coat?

    As the temperatures drop in areas all over the United States, it is beginning to get quite chilly outside. This means that humans add more layers of clothing and bundle up in order to stay warm. But it really begs the question: should dogs be wearing a winter coat as well? While many dogs have...

    Read More