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Buddy the dog rescued from debris of Washington state mudslide

Buddy the Dog Rescued from Debris of Washington State Mudslide
The Kuntz family faced massive losses caused by the disastrous mudslide in Washington State. Then, when it seemed that all was lost, they got a heartwarming surprise.


HLN reports that 'a family who really lost everything in that mudslide in Washington State was so thrilled to find their dog Buddy alive.'

The Kuntzes returned to their home in Darrington after attending their son's ball game to see the house 150 feet from its base. Quinton Kuntz tells KOMO he was in disbelief.

'We could've been gone.'

As volunteers were searching through the debris of the Kuntz home, they heard Buddy whining, and were able to pull him out.



'Covered in dirt and a few gashes, Buddy came through.'

As you just saw, the house was partially collapsed around the dog! Quinton tells KOMO he was surprised Buddy made it out all right.

'I'm just shocked at how well he did.'

This surprise lifted the spirits of the Kuntz family members, who lost their Aunt Linda McPherson to the horrible disaster. Buddy's survival also boosted hopes of other searchers.

'We just heard this morning that another dog got rescued, and so if they're still finding dogs alive why can't we be finding people alive?'

There are currently over 100 missing person reports after the mudslide, and the search continues. If you'd like to help, you can do so by donating to the Red Cross.

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aristocat101 March 26 2014 at 10:39 AM

I am so glad they saved buddy, thank you

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Hello Bill March 26 2014 at 11:29 AM

Thank You Again Lord!!!!!!!!!!

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hey March 26 2014 at 11:31 AM

why does anyone think we want to see talkng heads instead of what is the real news story, you see 2 seconds of the news and 60 seconds of some girl telling us what we should be seeing, and I would not give a penny to the red cross, find out what the head honcho makes just to have his name on the letterhead

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rwilliamhoward hey March 26 2014 at 11:55 AM

I agree... At least double the 'actuallity' video, if the announcer MUST be featured so prominently. I'd rather they would half the screen time of the announcer. She/he can do a voice-over, and STILL get the story told.

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hey March 26 2014 at 11:33 AM

I am glad for hte dogs sake I hope they find many more living people or critters

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pup274 March 26 2014 at 11:34 AM

Any donations should go directly to the victims. When I was in the Marines and in Nam, if a parent of a Marine passed away, the red cross would fly him home and back then deduct the cost of the airfare from his paycheck, On top of that, even if your friends and family donate blood for you, you still pay through the nose for the transfusions. Red Cross is the biggist ripoff going. God Bless the victims and families of this tragedy. Those folks in that region of Washington State are the most down to earth people I evevr had the pleasure to meet.

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rwilliamhoward pup274 March 26 2014 at 11:52 AM

Same thing happened to my Half Brother during WW-II. They show the R.C. handing out the donuts, but they do NOT show the other hand held out for the NICKEL.

In 1955 there was a flood in one of the North Eastern PA towns. The Salvation Army were the first on the scene, offering food, clothing, furniture, comfort,... But HERE COMES THE RED CROSS, with a COURT ORDER to CEASE and DESIST against the Salvation Army, claiming that "THEY'RE DIRTY". T

hen they went around with '....we can let you have a used linolium, a used refrigerator and a used stove, some used furniture, and a little clothing. And you CAN PAY US ANYTIME WITHIN 90 DAYS.'

Never donated to them again. United Way does not get my support because they support Red Cross. Almost lost a job because the manager wanted, and demanded '100% support' for United Way.

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iconkestrell March 26 2014 at 11:52 AM

Good thing the son had a baseball game that morning. Saved the whole family.

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Liebchken March 26 2014 at 11:53 AM

Channel 7 News reports, when interviewing Ken Klein, Snohomish County Commissioner, Klein said this...."fear being more of a flood than a catastrophic slide like this, which nobody could have seen coming, except for the 1999 report which nobody apparently read ....." representing the slide area on the Snohomish County Council saying the Commission does not get routinely briefed on the safety of particular development. Huh?..............................

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sharonboy30 March 26 2014 at 12:49 PM

wow we actually got a second of the video...please more of the news and less of YOU

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Tom sharonboy30 March 26 2014 at 1:37 PM

AOL and HP are NOT news sources. They are story tellers that lean to the left.

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carp940 March 26 2014 at 5:48 PM

I'm glad Buddy is safe, and sorry for the lives lost, and Angry this avoidable accident was aloud to happen in the first place. When the Army Corp of Engineers told the State back in, I believe it was the 90's that this site was a Disaster waiting to Happen Why did they keep issuing Building permits to let people Build under a mud slide waiting to Happen??? And how about some common sense from the people who built there??

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cheribaber carp940 March 26 2014 at 8:01 PM

Civilization exists by geological consent; subject to change without notice. Pick a spot on this earth and call it safe? Good luck.

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smiles41 March 26 2014 at 1:05 PM

Two miracles here. One, the family was out of the house at a baseball game and,two, their faithful dog survived the horror and was found alive amongst the debris...

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