WIMBERLEY, TX (FOX 7 KTBC)- An unexpected hero is credited with saving a man's life during the historic flood in Wimberley on Memorial Day weekend.
John lives on the Blanco River across what used to be the Fischer Store Bridge. He doesn't want his last name used because he doesn't want any publicity, but he does want to tell the story of the rescue dog that saved his life.
Zeva, the usually quiet lab mix, stole John and his wife's hearts when they brought her home from a shelter four years ago.
"She's my best friend," John said looking down at Zeva Wednesday afternoon.
John didn't know that Zeva would turn out to be his guardian angel.
"Well, I had already gone to sleep," said John.
"She had a penetrating bark. Enough to wake me up and the water was already three feet. In another 10 minutes it was another four feet," John added.
The Blanco River climbed more than 40 feet that night passed the second story of John's house. John, his friend and his dog Zeva waited in the attic for rescue crews.
"You'd look down and see big tree trunks coming through here, furniture, everything, and it was just roaring," John said.
Six hours later John's prayers were answered.
"They rescued us about 4 'o clock in the morning," said John.
When first responders showed up, John refused to leave without Zeva.
"It was harder getting her out then getting her up," John said.
The pair returned the next day to find the home John built above the 100 year flood plain torn apart.
"Everything is damaged, everything needs to be picked up, everything needs to be cleaned up," said John.
Amazingly, the frame of the house is still intact. John said he's not sure if he will rebuild in the same place.
"It is kind of amazing it's still standing," said John.
Wherever he ends up, his best friend Zeva will be by his side.
"She's the hero," said John.