Recently, terrible storms have plagued much of the United States, to devastating effects. Thankfully, it hasn’t all been bad. After a tornado hit a house, this family thought for sure they had lost their dog. However, their fluffy friends returned just hours later!
A Terrible Storm Descends
When a terrible tornado recently struck Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, Brittany Memory found herself completely unprepared. Memory could only huddle in her home with her dog, Penny, and her small son, waiting for the storm to pass. For hours and hours, the wind howled loudly and rain poured outside. For a time, it seemed like everything would turn out alright.
However, something then slammed the door open, scaring everyone in the family. “I actually thought someone was in the house, and I leaned up and turned on the flashlight on my phone,” Memory said. “And about that time [the wind] sounded like a train.” Unfortunately, things were about to become even more severe than someone breaking into the small family home…
Tornado Claims Penny the Dog
What had thrown the door open was an EF-3 tornado, the second most powerful type. Soon, the entire thing hit Memory’s house. The tornado actually lifted the whole property off the ground, blowing everything off but the doors! In the mad rush into a closet for safety, Memory only had time to grab her son, not Penny, the Yorkshire terrier.
“When I looked, I didn’t have time. If I had waited a second, me and my son would have been out the back door,” Memory later explained. “I didn’t have time to grab Penny.” Horribly, the young mother had to watch the tornado suck her dog out of the house, like a scene from some disaster movie. “[Penny] flew out right here in the back with all my covers…It ripped the sheets off my bed. She was just bundled up in it.” Thankfully, this story is not over yet!
Who’s That In The Yard?
Although Memory felt happy to be alive with her son, she could not help but feel heartbroken over Penny. Sadly, the mother had no time to mourn herself, she needed to calm her son down. “I just kept telling my little boy, ‘She’s an animal, she’ll be okay, God’s got her. Everything’s going to be all right. We’re safe and everything can be replaced, we can’t,'” Memory recalled. But the young mother had no idea that fate had something special in store for her and her son!
Just a few hours later, as Memory and her son looked through the wreckage of their home, they spotted something blonde and furry trotting towards them. Believe it or not, Penny, the luckiest Yorkshire terrier ever, survived the tornado! “She just had a little bit of glass stuck to her and we took her to the vet and everything is okay,” said Memory. Now, Memory, her son, and Penny can at least transverse the road of recovery together.
Unfortunately, not everyone is as lucky as the Memory family. Three people died in the tornado, with many more losing their homes. “It’s something like I have never seen before. A lot of destruction,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said at a press conference. “It’s going to be a long recovery process.” If you can help, please donate to the Brunswick Family Assistance, which helps those in need in the area.