After 3 years, a Ukrainian immigrant in Alaska rescues her beloved rottweiler from her home country

Updated: Nov. 30, 2022 at 3:55 PM AKST
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Anastatiia Heath didn’t plan on moving to Wasilla, but like a lot of things in life, change can happen in an instant, or in this case, love and war. Anastatiia came here along with her daughter as an immigrant almost three years ago from Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. She married Jesse Heath and was settling in nicely, except for one thing — Anastatiia had to leave her best friend behind, in a country and a city currently under siege from the Russians. That friend was her rottweiler, Roxy. Her mother was feeding and watering the dog along with help from the neighbor. After several failed attempts to get Roxy to America, COVID-19 hit and all the travel restrictions that came with it. In that time, Anastatiia's mother was able to come to America as a refugee, leaving Roxy all alone at the mercy of bombings and being fed by a neighbor. So last month, Jesse decided it was time to get his wife’s beloved pet to America. He made lots and lots of phone calls and finally got in contact with a man who hired a pair of paramilitary soldiers to go get Roxy. A 24-hour bus ride to Poland, a two-week stay in Poland, and a long flight to Chicago later, Roxy was in America and on Nov. 4, 2022, Roxy landed in Anchorage and Anastatiia and her best friend were finally reunited.