Friday, May 27, 2011

Dog crawls home on broken legs 3 weeks after tornado

Here's a heartwarming story in today's Toronto Star with a happy ending:

A furry, friendly canine from Birmingham, Ala., is leaving veterinarians incredulous after the family pet found his way home with two broken legs three weeks after being blown away by a tornado.

Mason, a one-year-old terrier mix, was hiding in his family’s garage in the Birmingham suburb of North Smithfield on April 27, when he was sucked out by the massive tornado that destroyed whole neighbourhoods and killed more than 40 people.

Despite days of desperate searching by his owners, who asked not to be named and are not granting media interviews, Mason was nowhere to be found. With most of the garage destroyed, family members resigned themselves to the likelihood that their four-legged pal did not survive the ordeal.

Then, three weeks later, the family arrived home one day to find their beloved pooch, mouth agape and stumpy tail wagging like crazy, sitting on the front porch.

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“He was emaciated and his two front legs were literally flopping below the elbows,” said Phil Doster, adoption and rescue coordinator at Animal Control. “Mason literally had to crawl on his elbows to get back. The little guy had no indication of pain, remarkably. He was just happy to be home.”

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“He’s got two metal plates and several pins in his legs, but he’s doing great. He’s eating and drinking well. He’s got a lot of heart and a great personality.”

You can read the rest of the story here.

9 comments:

Professor Chaos said...

Well, thanks a lot! Now you made me cry. I have a reputation to keep up, you know.

afternoons said...

Guess, I just stop complaining about my foot. :-). Seriously that is one amazing dog. Superdog!!

Teresa said...

So sad with all that has been happening in the US. Nice to hear about a happy ending. Have a good weekend. Guess all this rain is peanuts compared to other peoples problems.

Gran said...

Crying here, such a beautiful story.

My Little Corner said...

oh my god that is the most amazing and heart wrenching story I have ever heard! What an amazing dog - if he was mine, I'd give him anything he wanted! It just makes me loved dogs even more (if that's even possible). Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story.

Isabel said...

I was reading this yesterday! I'm so glad he made it home. It made me cuddle with Odie.

snoopydog said...

We read that story in our newspaper this morning, here in the UK! Remarkable little dog! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. It was good to see you :-) Ros

Sue St Clair said...

Such an amazing story!

We did have a great walk yesterday! We visited a few Doors Open events including Lambton House at Old Dundas. Sorry I did not hear you call out, but we were in that area around that time.

Julie said...

Awww! That poor baby :( Just look at how adorable he is. I want to snuggle him!