In the midst of a recent wildfire in California, a woman named Natasha Wallace, a college student in Santa Rosa, was studying on campus when the flames started to ignite. After she was done, she drove back home and started to notice raging flames along the freeway. The fire was spreading fast – and it meant that her life was in danger. “It was like a flamethrower,” she says.
When she got home, Natasha hurriedly threw a couple of duffel bags into the trunk of her car – which contained her personal belongings. But she did not forget her faithful companion, Bentley. As she started to drive away to safety, she did not go far as traffic was halted due to the wildfire. It had greatly worsened.
Without a second thought, Natasha whipped her bicycle out and signaled her dog Bentley to come to her. She then emptied one of her duffel bags, which made room for her pooch – he hopped right in it. With a 70-pound dog in a duffel bag which she slung around her neck, Natasha pedaled away from her car, leaving the majority of her belongings and her car behind. In an interview, Natasha stated: “I knew the only thing that mattered was my dog. That was it.”
She pedaled with “supermom strength”, and managed to get as far as two miles away from the fires. Bentley, according to Natasha, was extremely obedient during the escape ride.
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