Dogs who survived Oklahoma tornado get new life in Northwest



Posted on June 25, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 25 at 6:21 PM

EVERETT, Wash. - Connie Guthrie may run a rescue operation from Oklahoma, but she made herself right at home, directing a barking bevy of dogs in Everett.

So many faces, all needing a home, but one look into Brian's eyes was all it took for the Presad family.

“He kind of cowered a little in his cage you knew he was scared," said Jenny Presad.

Brian was rescued from the streets after tornadoes swept through the Midwest, destroying his home.

“I already had my moment of crying, just hearing about their story," said Presad.

Every wagging tail comes with a tale of survival.

“We went through the rubble and we found them, they were underneath all the boards, I don't know they survived it,” said Connie.

She and her husband run Save our Strays. They too can relate to loss. Their daughter Stephanie went along on a rescue trip to Illinois back in 2002.

“She became sick, rushed her to the hospital died two hours later,” said Connie.

So to honor her memory they spend all of their income and time traveling across the country, fighting to save dogs who need a few extra hugs and kisses.

“To get them a home, that's what it's all about,” said Connie.

Connie reaches out to animal organizations all over the country to take in the dogs they pick up.  Thanks to Saving Paws they will make another trip up here in two weeks because they have agreed to take another 30 dogs