Labrador retriever discovered in rubble of Seattle home for a WEEK after being destroyed by landslide
Heartwarming video shows the moment a dog owner from Seattle was reunited with her black Labrador retriever after the presumed dead pup survived Buried for nearly a week under a shower of rubble left by a landslide that razed her house to the ground.
“It’s Mommy!” a sobbing but overjoyed Didi Fritts can be heard in Thursday’s footage as a firefighter emerges with her dog Sammy.
Once reunited, an emotional Fritts tries to comfort the clearly shocked animal.
‘My baby. My baby,” the canine mother hugs her pet in the clip released later that day by the Seattle Fire Department.
Heartwarming video shows the moment when Seattle dog owner Didi Fritts was reunited with her black Labrador retriever Sally on Thursday, after the presumed dead pup survived nearly a week being buried under a hail of rubble left by a landslide that razed her home
Moving footage shows the rescue attempt, with a Seattle firefighter emerging from the rubble with the dog still shaken. The pup was declared dead last Friday after the two-story hillside home in Seattle’s Magnolia coastal neighborhood collapsed on itself.
The touching reunion came as a great relief to Fritts, whose life was turned upside down on Friday after the Magnolia home she shared with her husband, James, literally collapsed last Friday.
The couple, as well as their two puppies, three-year-old Sammy and her sister, Lilli, had been inside the house when it was destroyed, sliding 15 feet from foundation on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean due to a landslide.
Miraculously, the Frittsen, who were caught in the collapse, managed to escape from the wreckage and survive.
Didi, right, and her husband James, pictured here during a post-collapse interview, were inside the house when it collapsed last Friday, but miraculously escaped the ordeal unscathed
“It was a loud roar, and the whole thing came down on us,” Didi told local outlet King 5 on Friday after the harrowing ordeal.
She told the newspaper how the chaos allowed her to find her husband in the rubble of the two-storey house, which has since been deemed unfit to be occupied by the city’s Construction and Inspections Department. .
Didi said she was on her way to the front door of the house when the natural disaster stalled, causing the second floor to collapse.
The Seattle woman then found herself pinned down under a layer of rubble and dirt.
Firefighters returned Thursday, nearly a week after the catastrophic event, after a neighbor heard complaints in the wreckage
Rescue officials eventually found the still-living pup and retrieved her from the hail of rubble
Her husband, meanwhile, was pinned down by the couple’s refrigerator, which had fallen on his legs, making it impossible for him to move.
“My mouth and throat were covered in dust,” Didi recalled. “I didn’t know where I was, and I thought he was dead, and I screamed for him, screamed, and then I heard him say he was alive. He was alive.’
With the skin of her teeth, Didi said she had managed to free herself from the rubble and crawl out of the house, talking to her husband that she had made it to safety.
Meanwhile, James said he had to wait for firefighters to rescue him after digging for nearly an hour.
Somehow, both escaped the disaster essentially unscathed, with only minor injuries.
Unfortunately, it seemed that their two beloved pups hadn’t been so lucky.
James revealed to rescue officials that he saw Lily being crushed by debris just inches from him while being pinned down by the refrigerator.
Meanwhile, there was no sign of Sammy.
After much searching, officials assumed the pup suffered the same fate as her sister, whose body could not be recovered immediately due to the massive amount of debris at the scene.
But the Fritses were blessed with a glimmer of hope on Thursday, when wary neighbors reported hearing a wail from the wreckage earlier in the day, KING 5 reported.
‘We [heard] crying a little this morning, then heard nothing when the fire brigade got here with the chainsaws,” family friend and neighbor Remy Olivier told the station.
After receiving the call, rescue officials immediately returned to the crime scene, where they worked for hours to clear the rubble from what was left of the living room of the house, where Sammy was last seen and where her sister was crushed. , the outlet reported.
Finally, firefighters were able to locate the animal, enabling a passionate reunion with Didi, who rushed to the crime scene with her husband when she heard the news of her neighbor’s claims.
“We just took the whole floor apart and got her out,” Olivier said. “She looked like she had just enough room to survive. She hadn’t been crushed or pierced by anything. She only had a little space. I think she lived on rainwater for the past few days.
“It’s just incredible that she’s still alive.”
The reunion was somewhat bittersweet, however, as officials were also able to discover Lilly’s body during the rescue, which, in a heartbreaking display, was dutifully guarded by her surviving sister.
“We found her right next to her sister,” Oliver told The Seattle Times after the sudden rescue. “She’s been next to the other dog the whole time.
He added: ‘We weren’t looking for live dogs. We assumed she was in love because there isn’t much left of the house.’
After the ordeal, James thanked rescue officials for their efforts.
“I just want to thank the Seattle Fire Department and the EMS and my neighbors and all the wonderful people,” he said. ‘We are miracles, and every day is a gift. So pay it in advance and be of service.’