Family Dog Reunited With Her People 54 Days After Tornado Destroyed Their Tennessee Home

family dog found after tornado in Tennessee.

Family dog was found more than 4 miles away from where tornado destroyed home

The tornado started the nightmare.

Eric and Faith Johnson say they only survived the EF-4 twister because their beloved Australian shepherd, Bella, woke up the whole family allowing them to get to a safe place.

The twister completely destroyed their home near Nashville, Tennessee in early March.

WTVF reports the storm was so strong, Faith broke two ribs just holding onto her two youngest children.

Ribs can heal.

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Houses can be rebuilt.

But there was their dog.

The family dog.

Bella is the family dog hero who helped alert her family to a tornado that destroyed their home.
Bella is the family dog hero who helped alert her family to a tornado that destroyed their home.

Bella, their hero, has been missing ever since the twister blew through.

“To say that I wasn’t starting to lose hope in ever finding her again would be a lie,” Eric wrote on Facebook.

But he kept looking.

Friends kept looking.

And,

Earlier this week, one of those friends spotted Bella in an alley way between two buildings–more than four miles away from where the family house once stood!

The Johnsons recognized their family dog in footage shot more than 4 miles from where a tornado destroyed their home.
The Johnsons recognized their family dog in footage shot more than 4 miles from where a tornado destroyed their home.

The friend helped set out really good food to encourage Bella to stick around. And she set up remote cameras to capture footage so the Johnsons could confirm this was their hero pup.

Eric says once he showed up on the scene and called Bella’s name, she came running, kissing him all over his face.

Family dog, Bella, looks a little shocked that she is finally reunited with her human after being gone 54-days after a tornado destroyed the family home outside Nashville, Tennessee.
Family dog, Bella, looks a little shocked that she is finally reunited with her human after being gone 54-days after a tornado destroyed the family home outside Nashville, Tennessee.

A happy ending for a family that still has a big challenge ahead of them, rebuilding a new home, while giving thanks for their blessings–They are all alive, healthy and have their beloved dog back.

How did Bella end up so far away? Did she roam? Did the twister carry her? There is certainly some incredible story behind the last 54 days. So far, Bella isn’t sharing.

family dog found after tornado in Tennessee.
Family dog, Bella, gets a good scrubbin after 54-days missing following a tragic tornado that destroyed the family’s home.

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