Oklahoma tornado survivor finds her missing dog during CBS News television interview

Dog found in rubble of Oklahoma tornado

With all of the heartbreaking news coming out of Oklahoma in the past few days, it is nice to remind ourselves that sometimes there are stories of hope and happiness mixed in with the tragedy. Barbara Garcia, a survivor of Monday’s horrible tornado in Moore, Oklahoma was being interviewed by CBS News while standing in the rubble of her decimated home when something miraculous happened.

Mrs. Garcia says that when the storm hit, she was holding on to her dog Cathy in the bathroom of her home and praying that they would stay safe. "I was sitting on a stool holding my dog, this was the game plan for over 30 years, to go in that little bathroom," she told the CBS News crew.

When the tornado struck her home, the lights went off and Barbara found herself knocked off her stool and thrown onto the floor. Sadly, she was unable to keep a hold on her dog during the ordeal. "I rolled around a little bit... I never lost consciousness. I hollered for my little dog and he didn't answer, he didn't come so I know he's in here somewhere," Mrs. Garcia said, raising a hand limply to the destruction behind her.

A moment later, one of the CBS News crew members spotted a dog close by, covered in debris and trapped under an appliance, and it was pulled free. Mrs. Garcia’s relief for her dog’s safety is a beautiful thing to watch. "I thought God just answered one prayer to let me be OK, but he answered both of them because this was my second prayer," she said.

Watch the video for yourself, but maybe make sure to have a tissue or two nearby.


Written by: harrisr
May 22nd, 2013, 4:17 am

Images courtesy of CBS

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