Photo by Lauren's neighbor Lisette Hall Frye.
Lauren Mesaros found herself in a predicament: She had to evacuate three horses from her Santa Rosa, California, property, but only had a trailer big enough for two. With a wildfire less than a mile away, Mesaros had to rush to get her animals out safely. Mesaros loaded her two mares into a friend’s trailer, but there wasn’t room for Stardust the pony. And so, with the help of a friend, Mesaros got Stardust in the backseat of her Honda Accord. The friend lured Stardust in with a carrot, then shut the door behind him. All three horses were taken to a horse ranch and will be fine. Mesaros says her Honda Accord, on the other hand, wasn’t so lucky: “My car will never smell the same again.”