Kicker: Lost in Paradise

NICK EICHER, HOST: A California family was reunited with their lost dog this week, a 12-year-old Akita named Kingston.

Young Meleah Ballejos cried tears of joy as she hugged her pet for the first time in more than 3 months.

MALEAH: Hi baby! [doggie talk]

Remarkably, the dog survived on its own for 101 days before a local animal rescue group found the dog and phoned its family.

The story is even more remarkable when you consider where Kingston went missing:

In the fire-ravaged town Paradise, California.

The dog jumped out of the back of the family’s pickup truck as they were fleeing the wildfire. Gabriel Ballejos told KXTV news…

BALLEJOS: When I found out it just about brought me to tears. I’m just so proud of him. I can’t believe it. He’s a true survivor.

A survivor indeed! The family believes Kingston survived by hunting skunks. How did they know? Are you kidding me?  

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(Ben Lepe via AP) This Feb. 18, 2019 photo provided by Ben Lepe shows Maleah Ballejos reunited with her dog Kingston in Paradise, Calif. 

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