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Oklahoma Woman Risks Her Life to Save Her Dog During Tornado

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On Oklahoma woman and her dog are battered and bruised, but alive and well after she risked her life to keep her dog safe.

Yesterday afternoon, a category EF4 tornado devastated the town of Moore, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City, leaving a debris trail as much as 2 miles wide in some parts, completely leveling thousands of homes and two elementary schools.

Elizabeth was driving to work at the Norman VA Center when she heard the tornado sirens. Instead of seeking cover, she did what many dog lovers would do – she sped home to be with her dog, Ginger.

“I turned around because I knew my dog, Ginger, was at home alone and I didn’t want any bad things to happen to her.” she told a reporter for News Channel 4 in Oklahoma City.

Elizabeth said she could see the twister and could hear it roaring as she sped home to be with her dog. She ran inside her home just as windows started shattering. “I said, ‘Oh no, you’re not gonna get me!’ and I got the dog and ran into the bathtub, threw the pillows in the bathtub, and said ‘Come on, Ginger’.” All she remembers next is hitting her head, being lifted up, and landing on top of her dog in the bathtub.

“I just cannot believe that we actually survived this thing,” she told the reporter, her dog, Ginger, lying down at her feet.

Elizabeth says some people might think that risking her life for an animal is crazy, but she doesn’t mind doing it. Her advice to others, “Whenever you have storms and stuff going on, make sure you have your animals with you because they can’t take care of themselves.  They need us.”

She continued, “I’m just thankful that I’m alive and I don’t think I’m crazy for rescuing her.”

Big hugs to Elizabeth, and belly rubs for Ginger. We don’t think you’re crazy for  thinking of your dog in the face of disaster – most dog lovers would do the same.

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25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. Avatar Of Tanyia

    Tanyia

    says:

    I am so glad you both are alright. I would have done the same thing. So many where alone , some even chained up. You are a Hero for risking all for you beloved companion. Many Blessings and Prayers to you both.

  2. Avatar Of Betsy Fisher

    Betsy Fisher

    says:

    Maybe it was God that lifted you up and put you on top of the dog. You sid that you hit your head. He is always with us and it sounds like he was looking out for you and Ginger. God bless both of you.

  3. Avatar Of Mhaiya

    Mhaiya

    says:

    Bless u! You’re a hero!!! Hugs to ginger. She is very blessed to have u as a mom. 🙂

  4. Avatar Of Esther

    Esther

    says:

    What a brave person. Elizabeth are such a wonderful and caring person. May God bless you and Ginger through this difficult time.

  5. Avatar Of Diane

    Diane

    says:

    if you and ginger needs a place til yours is fixed or you need to have ginger in a home til yours is fixed my house is open too her your not crazy you love you furry kid

  6. Avatar Of Christine Damm

    Christine Damm

    says:

    I would of done the same thing as she did. Animals depend on us, just like a child does. My dogs are my life. Sense I did not have any kids, they are my kids. I will do everything and anything to save them. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone effected by the tornado.

  7. Avatar Of Gwendolyn Dianne Kane-Pratt

    Gwendolyn Dianne Kane-Pratt

    says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with everyone in Moore! And I don’t think it’s crazy run home during a storm to be with your animals!!! God bless!!!

  8. Avatar Of Sabina Jamin Sabina Jamin says:

    HUGS AND LOVE FROM GERMANY
    I AM SO PROUD OF YOU DOG-MUMMY
    WHAT A STORY !!
    PRAYER ARE CONTINUING TO YOU ALL… <3 <3 <3

  9. Avatar Of Erin

    Erin

    says:

    Way to go, Elizabeth! I’d have done the same thing in a heartbeat!

  10. Avatar Of Jeanne

    Jeanne

    says:

    I don’t think you’re crazy!
    I think you are wonderful!
    You are correct, they cannot do for themselves, WE must care for THEM!
    GOOD FOR YOU! AND SO GLAD YOU BOTH ARE OK!
    SENDING OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS…

  11. Avatar Of Teresa

    Teresa

    says:

    I think what you did was amazing! I would have done the same thing for my 4 babies. They are like my kids and I would do everything I could to protect them. I hate knowing that so many animals are either injured or have lost their lives in this terrible storm. Ginger is lucky to have you! Wish there was more people like you in this world.

  12. Avatar Of Marg

    Marg

    says:

    Any Animal you have is a big part of you as they are not only pets Dogs ,Cats ,Birds and other Pets they are family too

  13. Avatar Of Magnacor

    magnacor

    says:

    Why would u call ur dog ginger? lol.

  14. Avatar Of Gayle

    Gayle

    says:

    I believe this woman is a true heroine and humanitarian. I wish there were more humans like this in the world. As a pet mommy to 7, I would do absolutely the same thing. Unconditional love is the way to go, and this woman displayed it to the utmost. Proud to read about her love for her baby Ginger. For those that don’t understand the love between pets and people, I feel for them. Those that are true pet lovers will absolutely understand and admire the courage of this special lady. Wishing them years and years of companionship, friendship and love.

  15. Avatar Of Sue Coffaro

    Sue Coffaro

    says:

    I have a rescue and I can only hope our pets go to a home as loving and devoted as the home you provide for your companion , Ginger .
    New Leash on Life Rescue
    Sue Coffaro

  16. Avatar Of Jeanie

    Jeanie

    says:

    People who don’t like animals (believe it or not, I hear there are some) just don’t get it. These precious beings are family to us. I would have done the exact same thing. They are ALWAYS there for us – be MUST be there for them, it’s what families do! So happy or you and your baby!

  17. Avatar Of Ruth Hock

    ruth hock

    says:

    we need alot more people like you!!! In my wprld my pup’s come forst and I would have done the same thing.Glad you and Ginger are okay.

  18. Avatar Of Babby

    Babby

    says:

    I would have done the say thing. way to go

  19. Avatar Of Linda

    LINDA

    says:

    GOD BLESS YOU GINGER

    YOU DID WHAT WAS RIGHT SAVING YOUR PUPPY BOY THEY DO AS MUCH FOR US THEY ARE FAMILY AND THAT WAS WHY YOU RESPONDED AS YOU DID. GOD BLESS YOU IM SO GLAD YOU BOTH ARE ALIVE MORE PEOPLE NEED TO THINK ABOUT THEIR PETS AS YOU

  20. Avatar Of Tia

    Tia

    says:

    God bless you. I’d do the same thing if it were my dog. My little guy is my baby. Who else loves you unconditionally but our pets! I will pray for you and hope all turns out well. Hug your baby for me please~

    God Bless you,

    Tia & Teddybear, Germantown, MD

  21. Avatar Of Diana

    Diana

    says:

    What a wonderful woman : ) I would have done the same for my 3 canine babies. I would want to be with them to keep them safe. Any true dog lover would understand that. Elizabeth, you are a hero in my book!

  22. Avatar Of Tera Powers

    Tera Powers

    says:

    You think you’re crazy? I wouldn’t have gone to work in the first place – that’s how obsessed I am. Donna, you are DogMom of the year in my book. Kiss Ginger for me 🙂

  23. Avatar Of Donna Davis

    Donna Davis

    says:

    Elizabeth.
    There should be more people like you in this world, you did a good thing 4 your ginger, God bless you girl , I’m thinking that I would do the same . Animals are so loving and forgiving, so loyal. Thank You.
    Here’s hoping all will turn out ok 4 you, such a ordeal to go through.
    God bless you , take care.

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