updated 05/21/2013 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/21/2013 AT 11:00 AM ET
Amid all the rubble and wreckage caused by the Oklahoma tornado, Barbara Garcia stumbled upon a ray of hope.
“I was sitting on the stool, holding my dog – this was the game plan through the years, to go in that little bathroom,” she told CBS News reporter Anna Werner while surveying the damage done to her home. “The electric went off in the bathroom, and about the same time, I felt the stool come up out of the floor I never lost consciousness and I hollered for my little dog and he didn’t answer or didn’t come, so I know he’s in here somewhere.”
As she continued to survey the situation with Werner – “This is life in the big city,” Garcia said – a member of the interview crew caught sight of the dog struggling to force its way out from beneath the rubble.