At least 14 people have died and 176 are missing in the massive mudslide that took out dozens of homes in Washington. But one family has something to celebrate; they found one survivor under the rubble of their house -- their faithful dog, Buddy. The landslide took out the home of the Kuntz family, who were at a baseball game Saturday when the mudslide hit.
When they returned home, they found the house destroyed and moved 150 yards from where it normally sits. Their aunt's house next door was also decimated, and their beloved aunt Linda McPherson perished.
The family immediately set about trying to rescue their dog, Buddy, and their cat, but to no avail. The next day, they returned to start cleaning up. That's when video footage captured the miraculous -- the family hearing Buddy whine. They dig into the rubble, screaming and yelling and giving the thumbs up sign, as they locate Buddy. "He needs a bath really bad," one family member says.
Says Quinton Kuntz:
I just broke down crying, really happy that my dog was all right. I'm just shocked how well he did against my whole house falling on him.
Although they never found their cat, they did rescue their aunt's cat. The family, as well as the rescued pooch, are now staying with relatives. Buddy is doing well.
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This has got to be absolutely devastating for the family to lose their home, their aunt, and their cat. But at least most of the family survived -- and they were also able to rescue an important part of their family, Buddy. It must have been horrible to come home and wonder where the animals were and if they had suffered or were still alive.
But the family says that Buddy's survival gives them "one thing to celebrate in a day of horror."
Have you ever lost a pet in a disaster?
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