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Family Prayers Answered: Oreo the Dog Survives Deadly Arkansas Tornado

by Katherine

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On Sunday May 27, 2014, Vilonia, Ark., was hit with a massive tornado that destroyed many homes leaving thousands of families homeless and claiming the lives of eight community members. Among those affected were any family pets, including Wade Lentz’s dog named Oreo.

Lentz, the pastor of the local Baptist church, was home with his wife and three kids when the sirens went off. His home had been the victim in a previous twister, but he was reluctant to abandon it because he had faith they would survive this storm again. His wife, however, felt they were in eminent threat and convinced her husband to leave the home and find refuge somewhere else.

The family of five packed up in their van and headed towards Lentz’s parents’ home, but in the middle of the chaotic evacuation, their small dog was lost.

The Lentz family and their miracle dog Oreo. The canine survived a deadly tornado.
The Lentz family and their miracle dog Oreo. The canine survived a deadly tornado.


After the storm passed the family returned to their home only to find out the house had been blown away completely and there was nothing left. Their dog Oreo was nowhere to be found.

Fearing the worse, the faithful family prayed asking for a miracle, the safe return of their pet. This miracle happened two days later, when the canine emerged from the debris with just a minor cut to his leg.

According to NBC Nightly News Lentz believes Oreo got sucked up in the twister and somehow landed safely in a spot from where it was able to make its way back.

No matter how it happened, the Letzs are just thankful their family is safe, and best of all that their  dog is alive and back with them again.