Tornado Survivor Finds Her Missing Dog in the Rubble of Her Home During a TV Interview

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May 21 2013 9:28 AM

Tornado Survivor Finds Her Missing Dog in the Rubble of Her Home During a TV Interview

Let's hope there are more stories like this coming out of Moore, Okla., where people continue to pick through the rubble of their town for family, friends, and pets who managed to survive the massive tornado. In the video below you'll meet Barbara Garcia, an elderly woman who rode out the storm by taking refuge in the bathroom of her since-destroyed home. Things get good—and may just get a little dusty in your office—at about the 1:35-mark when she discovers her missing dog, shaken but seemingly largely uninjured, in the rubble.* "Well I got God to answer one prayer to let me be OK, but he answered both of them because this was my second prayer," Garcia says, partly to the camera and partly to herself.

Meanwhile, first responders continue to search the downed homes and building in the Oklahoma City suburb. The state Department of Emergency Management says that at last count more than 100 survivors had been found alive by the search and rescue effort.

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*Correction, May 21, 2013: An earlier version of this post identified the dog's name as "Toto." Upon further review, the dog's name is unclear. (I'm hearing "Bazzy" now, but for the life of me heard "Toto" this morning—although that may have just been wishful thinking on my part.)

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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