Dog Reunited With Family Following California Wildfire

If only he could speak, the stories he’d tell. While his family was fleeing the Paradise, California wildfires, Kingston the dog hopped out of the truck he was riding in and ran off.

The 12-year-old Akita spent the next 101 days missing, but on Monday was reunited with the Ballejos.

Kingston’s owners, who never gave up hope of finding their beloved pet, called him “a true survivor,” adding, “It’s a testament to the American spirit.”

Rescuers with the group Friends of Camp Fire Cats found Kingston on Saturday. Realizing he was the same dog mentioned in a message on Facebook seeking his return, volunteer Ben Lepe organized the reunion.