Mason, A Miraculous Four-legged Tornado Survivor

When a tornado hits, most people do not have time to think about their pets and their safety. It is not that they do not love them but it is because they may just barely have time to seek shelter themselves or maybe they were not home when tragedy struck.

This is the story that just hit the news on May 26th about a terrier mix dog named Mason that was blown away in last month’s tornado in Alabama from where he was hiding in the garage. When the owners could not find him, they feared he was a victim of the tornado but he crawled back to his home days later…..with two broken front legs.
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They had looked everywhere but could not find him. They found Mason waiting on their front porch when they returned two and a half weeks later to start going through the debris. He had surgery on May 20th and is reported to be doing well.

They had to attaché metal plates to his bones so they would heal and will be returning to his loving family in about three weeks. The veterinarians report that Mason is expected to be able to walk normally after a recovery period of six weeks. The only thing that is going to be different is that his front legs will be a little shorter than his back legs.

For all the death and destruction that results because of natural disasters such as floods and a tornado, it is nice to hear about such survivors, even if they are the four legged kind.

More Headlines on Mason the Tornado surviving dog:

Dog Finds His Way Home After Alabama Tornado
ABC News, on Fri, 27 May 2011 09:30:46 -0700

The garage was still intact — but Mason was gone. “The garage remained intact but the door came off and the dog was sucked out of the garage,” said Dr. Barbara Benhart of Birmingham-Jefferson Country Animal Control. The owners searched for days but …

Miracle dog back after tornado blew him away
Central Chronicle, on Fri, 27 May 2011 08:29:52 -0700

A dog who went missing after tornadoes hit the US state of Alabama on April 27 turned up at his owners’ home 20 days later – finding his way home despite having sustained two broken front legs. Mason, a terrier mongrel, was hiding in his owners’ garage …

Dog crawls home with two broken legs after tornado, on Fri, 27 May 2011 08:20:25 -0700

The family couldn’t find Mason and were about to give up hope. But, nearly two and a half weeks later, the family returned to their home to sift through the debris and saw Mason sitting on what was left of their porch. The dog had found his way back …