More than $21,000 raised for grandmother who found dog alive on air in tornado carnage as she says everything but her beloved pet Bowser can be replaced

  • Moore resident Barbara Garcia discovered her dog alive in the rubble of home while interviewed by TV cameras
  • Grandmother believed her beloved dog had been killed
  • Donations are pouring in for the Moore woman whose house was uninsured

By Nina Golgowski

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More than $21,000 has been raised for an Oklahoma grandmother after her discovery of her dog alive beneath the rubble of her tornado-torn home inspired donors from around the world following last week's horrific disaster.

Barbara Garcia tears up as she tells CBS News 'I didn't know I was that important' after seeing donations pour in for her and her little dog Bowser who was filmed miraculously emerging from the rubble of her uninsured home on Tuesday.

'One by one, they can be replaced. A lot of it wasn't even important, but I couldn't replace him,' Ms Garcia says while holding her dog securely in her battered arms late this week.

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Reunited: Barbara Garcia is holding her dog Bowser a little closer today after briefly losing him in last week's deadly tornado in Moore, Oklahoma last week

Reunited: Barbara Garcia is holding her dog Bowser a little closer today after briefly losing him in last week's deadly tornado in Moore, Oklahoma last week

Miracle: Ms Garcia presumed her little dog was killed but during an on-camera interview outside her home's wreckage the dog was found wiggling beneath piles of debris

Miracle: Ms Garcia presumed her little dog was killed but during an on-camera interview outside her home's wreckage the dog was found wiggling beneath piles of debris

Ms Garcia was being interviewed amid splintered wood, metal and other wreckage immediately after the storm when a CBS producer noticed the dog wiggling directly behind her.

The grandmother only moments before reasoned that this must be 'life in the big city' while presuming the dog had been killed after calling for it hopelessly but without any answer.

To everyone's astonishment, however, the dog survived.

 

On camera Ms Garcia is seen in tears as she struggles to dig her pet out and then come to terms with what she considered to be a miracle.

She tells the news cameras, 'I thought God just answered one prayer to let me be OK but he answered both of them because that was my second prayer.'

As of Saturday morning $21,368 has been raised for the grandmother thanks to an online fundraising site set up by a total stranger.

It took only 24 hours for it to pull in $1,500, the website said.

Barbara Garcia thought her dog had died when the tornado leveled her house in Moore, Oklahoma

Barbara Garcia thought her dog had died when the tornado leveled her house in Moore, Oklahoma

During an interview with CBS a member of the camera crew spotted the dog emerging from the rubble

The dog struggled to free itself from beneath a pile of debris after the tornado leveled the house

 

Erin DeRuggiero, who set up the account, told perspective donors: 'I was shattered upon seeing her home destroyed, her recounting her experience and her joy upon seeing that her dog had survived it all.

'My goal is to ease her recovery, raise enough money to help her start to rebuild or relocate her life, and above all else, to show her that "life in the big city" also means helping one another, even from 1500 miles away.'

Ms Garcia's little miracle, coupled with the generosity of support from total strangers, is one of the few pieces of good news to come out of Moore after the two-mile wide tornado ripped through the small town on Monday.

At least 24 people have been killed, including around 9 children.

During an interview with CBS a member of the camera crew spotted the dog emerging from the rubble

During an interview with CBS a member of the camera crew spotted the dog emerging from the rubble

Overjoyed: Both pet and owner were delighted when he emerged from the wreckage

Overjoyed: Both pet and owner were delighted when he emerged from the wreckage

The pensioner told interviewer Anna Werner that fateful day: 'I was sitting on my stool holding my dog. This was the game plan all through the years to go in that little bathroom.

'I never lost consciousness and I hollered for my little dog and he didn't answer or didn't come.'

Several families have lost pets in the devastating tornado.

On Tuesday McClain County Animal Response Team spokesperson Dr. Patty Mannas told KOCO-TV  that at least 50 had been pulled from the rubble.

'We’ve already reunited a few animals and animals with microchips have a very, very high percentage of being reunited with their families,' she said.

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I sent $25....Hope it helps you. xoxo - dinodavid220, atlanta, United States, 25/5/2013 --- --------- thank you for helping this lady.

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good dog..... Don't you love how the reporter just jumped in to help?..

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I sent $25....Hope it helps you. xoxo

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Way to go Bowzer! woof! woof! signed, Zoe Grace....another schnauzer in TN, USA .

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Gotta love a Schnauzer! Tough as nails, smart as a whip and sweet as pie.

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When I seen this story on the news, I got really tears eyed. Happy ending

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bless her heart wonderful woman :)

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What abut all of the CATS?

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I'm not a big animal lover myself, but this is lovely. It's nice that she could have this comfort and company in the midst of all that destruction.

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So sad. I could not agree with you more. I said the exact same thing when I saw that. When that poor woman had to say "Help me" as she stood there trying to keep her balance and pull that stuff off of that little dog, I was so angry. After that when you could see the woman wanted to pick the dog up so badly and even said "I can't pick him up" and no one helped her. You could see she was already unsteady on her feet and then standing on all that rubble of course she could not manage to pick him up. If I had been there I would have helped her to someone place level and found a place she could have sat down and I would have put her beloved dog in her lap immediately. I am probably about her age and my 14 yr old dog is my heart and I know how she was feeling. Perhaps the fact that she had already "put the reporter in her place" so-to-speak when the silly thing asked her "Could you even comprehend what was happening?" (during the tornado) is why they just stood by and gave no help.

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