On Monday, Lauren Mesaros had been faced with a life or death situation as the fires of Santa Rosa steadily crept towards her property. Knowing she had to evacuate her three horses and only having a trailer that would accommodate two, she knew she had to think fast. She couldn’t leave her pony behind.
With the fire less than a mile away and neighborhoods across the railroad tracks already completely destroyed by the fire, Mesaros, a registered nurse, loaded her two horses into a trailer borrowed from one of her friends. Unfortunately, her pony Stardust couldn’t fit. What was Lauren to do? Well, Stardust would have to come along in her car – a Honda Accord. And with the help of a carrot and a friend, who Lauren refers to as a “horse whisperer,” Stardust climbed into the back seat and they were off.
Lisette Hall Frye, a neighbor snapped the over the top adorable photo and sister-in-law Cindy Lundin Mesaros posted it to her Facebook page. Fortunately the winds shifted and thus far, Lauren’s property has been saved from significant damage. The three horses were transferred to Wind Horse Ranch in Sebastopol until the fire is over.
And as for Lauren’s car – Stardust may have left his mark, and the car may never smell the same again, admitted Lauren. But the good news – all four of them are safe.
(Photo of pony evacuated from Santa Rosa fire in owner’s Honda Accord Facebook via Lisette Hall Frye.)
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