Dog survives tornado!

From ABC News comes this story...

By GINA SUNSERI, WINDSOR, Colo., May 24, 2008

Sarah, a very gregarious black lab who thinks she is still a puppy, is back with her family, which had been frantically searching nearly 24 hours for her.

Her recovery is a miracle for her family, because she was literally sucked out of her owner's home in Windsor, Colo., when a tornado hit Thursday.

But the family's joy is tempered somewhat because Buddy, the family's tabby cat, remains missing.

The day after the tornado, residents in this rural Colorado town were tallying their losses and counting their blessings. Families and friends were checking on one another, and volunteers are helping to clear yards and streets of debris.

As the tornado closed in, Maria Belasquez had only minutes to grab her two children and run into the laundry room before the tornado tore through her neighborhood. She also corralled Sarah and Buddy.

She heard someone pounding on the door, ran to open it, and found her next-door neighbor seeking shelter from the storm. That's when a panicked Buddy and Sarah escaped from the laundry room seconds before the storm hit.

The Belasquez family survived the tornado, though family members were forced to evacuate their badly damaged home. They frantically searched for Sarah and Buddy but could not find their pets.

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