Everything in Steve Alioto's world was gone.
Last week's torrential California storm sank the Sausalito man's houseboat, which he anchored in the ocean because he can't afford a dock, KPIX-TV reported.
Worse, Alioto's beloved dog, Daisy, was onboard.
“All I saw was the mast sticking out of the water,” Alioto told KPIX.
After the storm, a dejected Alioto made his way to Sausalito Presbyterian Church, where he and Daisy sometimes got free meals — and received some news from Rev. Paul Mowry that changed everything.
“Paul came up to me and said, ‘Is your dog’s name Babe?’" Alioto recalled to KPIX. That had been Daisy's name before he changed it.
"I said it was. He said, ‘On the chip for her, is that still her name?’ I said yeah," Alioto continued. "He goes, ‘She’s alive.’ And I cried so hard.”
Daisy had somehow swam a mile and a half to shore in the dark during the storm, KPIX reported. To top it off, the pooch remembered how to find the Presbyterian church and was sheltered there.
“I’m big daddy Kibbles and Bits," an overjoyed Alioto told KPIX. "I’m the guy who provides the dog food, the walks, the baths and everything that she tells me she needs.”