Miracle Dog, Owner Survive Iraqi Blast

Pet and family reunited after house is leveled
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 9, 2009 4:30 PM CST
Miracle Dog, Owner Survive Iraqi Blast
Fuad Omar, seen with his brother's dog, Liza, in Baghdad Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009.   (Hadi Mizban)

The owner of a dog that miraculously survived a massive bombing returned to his collapsed home today to be reunited with his pet, stunning neighbors who thought he was dead. The ginger-colored dog was spotted chained to a roof railing and standing on a wall ledge over the collapsed home after yesterday's huge blast near Iraq's Finance Ministry.

"Lots of neighbors thought I was dead," said Farouq Omar Muhei. His dog, Liza, appeared to be shaking with joy at the reunion. Iraqi police and rescue officials initially said Muhei and his family were among the victims. But he surprised neighbors when he returned with his 14-year-old son, Omar, after being treated for minor injuries. They were the only family members home at the time of the attack. (Read more Iraq stories.)

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