OMG Oklahoma tornado victim interviewed about losing her dog in rubble, when she spots her dog

OMG – this is a note from John – I just watched this video, and OMG. Barbara Garcia, an Oklahoma tornado victim, lost her home (and her poor dog) while huddled with her pet in her bathroom, does an interview with CBS about the experience.

She talks about huddling on a stool with her dog in her bathroom, her designated safe room, when suddenly everything came crashing down, she was thrown to the ground and buried in the ruins of her home, seen behind her in the image below.

“I hollered for my little dog, and he didn’t answer or didn’t come, so I know he’s in here, somewhere,” she says, pointing to the utter devastation around her, that used to be her home.


“I hollered for my little dog, and he didn’t answer or didn’t come, so I know he’s in here, somewhere,” she says, pointing to the utter devastation around her, that used to be her home.

Then suddenly you hear the CBS reporter say “the dog, the dog!”

The camera pans, and you see the dog, literally behind the woman, buried in some debris, it’s head sticking out, unable to move.


With the help of the news crew, they moved the debris and freed the dog.


“Well, I thought God answered one prayer, let me be okay. He answered both of ’em. Because this was my lamb.”

Most pet owners are attached to their animals, and the thought of losing them during such a horrible disaster is something we’d all rather not even think about.

This time, thank God, it worked out.

Watch this video. It’s really something remarkable. The dog pops up around 1:30 or so into the video.

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43 Responses to “OMG Oklahoma tornado victim interviewed about losing her dog in rubble, when she spots her dog”

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  2. Jafafa Hots says:

    During Katrina, people who refused to leave their dogs to the storm were left behind to die.

  3. Eric West says:

    What a great lady, having that much love for an animal. You can tell, that is really all she wanted was her dog. Glad her pet was spared, I just hope a vet looked at him and he is ok.

  4. Eric West says:

    what you don’t see is the reporter removing her gear so she could help the lady.

  5. karmanot says:


  6. Whitewitch says:

    Yes, that is why I am no longer allowed to watch TV during disasters (or other moronic times)…I was throwing things at the TV saying “Land YOU MF’s, land and air lift those people out”…it was ugly and required some intense intervention.

  7. Jim Olson says:

    Indeed. I think doggy was due for a trip to the vet. Shock, possible internal injuries.

  8. milli2 says:

    Well, the best way to fight a tornado is with a gun, didn’t you know that?

  9. cole3244 says:

    being a vegan i have an unusual respect for other species, deserved or not.

  10. I know, when she said “help me” I was like, you morons help her!

  11. She may have given up. Though I agree, only 12 hours later I’d still be a disaster looking for her.

  12. I know, I loved that. I love her.

  13. karmanot says:


  14. karmanot says:

    Remember during Katrina when reporters flew in by helicopter and chatted about the chaos and suffering and didn’t think to bring along boxes of insulin?

  15. karmanot says:


  16. Indigo says:

    No weather reporter was ever left without words.

  17. Indigo says:

    Don’t be a jerk, you’re making atheists look like mean-spirited . . . um . . . well . . . Republicans!

  18. Indigo says:

    “I understand exactly what happened,” says the lady. “That’s life in the big city.”

  19. cole3244 says:

    if that was one of my cats i would be tearing the rubble apart and screaming at the top of my lungs for them, interview me after i have found them all alive or dead, but thats just me, i know i’m anal about all creatures especially my individuals.

  20. slappymagoo says:

    Tou-shay for the dou-shay.

  21. Too late!

  22. slappymagoo says:

    Why, was his ass blown away?

  23. slappymagoo says:

    Some times people say Thank God because they don’t know what else to say. Don’t be a douche, you’ll give atheists a bad name.

  24. Whitewitch says:

    Idiot women – stand by and let the old woman dig out the dog…geezzzee she sounds like a robot – “I’m so glad”. Geezzzzee for pete’s sake put down the camera and help the lady and her dog. Reporters must have NO SOUL.

  25. Naja pallida says:

    Poor dog looks completely stunned.

  26. RyansTake says:

    1) “Thank god!” in a moment of crisis is as much an expression as anything else. I’m an atheist and I’ve even caught myself saying it if I nearly dodged some crazy person on the road, etc. I was not literally praying to a “god” in thanks in those rare brushes with death.

    2) Even if she believed in “God,” is it really necessary to blame her for saying thanks to “Him” for a very brief moment after a very close brush with death? It wasn’t like she was knocking on your door proselytizing, or saying anything all that different from what 80% or more of the population would say under those circumstances.

    While there’s little material difference between “God” and Zeus, we have to accept the fact that most of the population believes in the Christian God and tolerate the people who do, especially in moments of life or death.

    I hate to say this, but it’s your kind of post that leads to the deranged “atheists are bitter” or “atheists hate god” critics that so many in this country level against us, using them to successfully make being atheist ‘outside the mainstream’ when in reality atheism — if counted as a religion (even though it’s not) — would comprise one of the largest ‘faiths’ in the country.

  27. karmanot says:

    Looked like a little Schnauzer. What a great story. If our Bodhi Dog were in that rubble we’d tear trough it with our bear hands..The sadness that comes with the death of a soul-pet is devastating,

  28. My whole family is missing but thank God my guns are safe!

  29. It was most likely in shock.

  30. Much, MUCH metta to ALL the people and animals affected by this storm! And many merits to those who lost their lives. May the love, peace and compassion of the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha be with ALL sentient beings, in this life and the next.

    Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dhammaya, Namo Sanghaya.

  31. BillFromDover says:

    What is miraculous here is that this Neanderthal had the wherewithal to keep his guns locked up in a safe in the 1st place.

    Gotta give, at least, a modicum of kudos where its due.

  32. boyd_schrank says:

    That’s one tough little dog and one tough old lady!

  33. BeccaM says:

    Good for her. I’m really glad.

  34. Getting your knickers in a twist over a mere convention of speech is rather silly don’t you think? What’s next? Getting a hair up your ass because someone exclaims “for God’s sake!” when they’re exasperated?

  35. basenjilover says:

    couldn’t hold back my tears…

  36. nicho says:

    On the Weather Channel. In fact, they ran it several times.

    BTW — the Weather Channel announcer told us, “This has left me without words,” but then he managed to keep on talking for 20 minutes without really saying anything.

  37. And I love how the dog didn’t make a sound. Poor thing probably figured mom had found her, so there was no reason to make a racket.

  38. SkippyFlipjack says:

    The video is really lovely but I did find a bit of humor in how the dog was like six feet away from her. It could be a Monty Python skit where the TV reporter asks “Um.. is that your dog?” and points out that she’s standing on top of little Fifi.

  39. MoreConsole says:


  40. However, he is still searching for his brain.

  41. Jim says:

    very very happy to see the dog alive.
    the thank god just kills me. thank the people who helped get the dog out from under the debris. thanking a non existant entity for the work of others is offensive.

  42. Oh stop. For real?

  43. nicho says:

    What brought tears to my eyes was the guy they interviewed whose house was totally destroyed, but he was so thankful that his guns were in a safe. He was able to recover them, and they were OK. Heartwarming.

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