Friday, May 1, 2020

Dog that saved family's life was lost, then found

Eric Johnson was asleep March 3 when Bella, the family's six-year-old miniature Australian shepherd, woke him up. She was behaving as if something was wrong. Turning on his TV, Johnson learned a tornado was coming to their town of Cookeville, Tennessee. Nearly 45 minutes later, the tornado neared the home. Johnson grabbed his wife and two children and hid them in a bathtub Bella was hiding under a bed when the tornado destroyed their home. The family survived, but Bella was missing and after almost two months, Johnson never expected to see her again.

Then a miracle happened. Their church friend Sarah Lang Romeyn is a professional dog tracker. She set up cameras borrowed from a local animal rescue group in areas where people reported spotting Bella. Eventually, using the footage, she found where Bella was hiding, in an alley four miles from home. After living on her own for 54 days, Bella is now reunited with her family.

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