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Family Couldn’t Sleep After Tornado Separated Them From Their Dogs

Two cold, rainy and restless nights passed for the Berkshier family. They survived the tornadoes, but they had been separated from their two dogs, Sawyer and Lucy.

In a week of severe weather across the South, at least nine tornadoes passed through North Texas on Saturday night, leaving a trail of devastation to over 600 homes and businesses.

On Monday morning, the Berkshiers returned to the site of their former home and heard muffled barking from within the piles of broken wood and debris.

Facebook/Astrid Martinez

Facebook/Astrid Martinez

"Oh, we heard him," Gina Berkshier told NBCDFW. "We heard him crying out and barking."

Later that day, vets told the family that Sawyer hadn't only survived the unthinkable - being trapped for two days exposed to the cold, wet weather - miraculously, he did it without breaking a single bone.

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Facebook/Astrid Martinez

While Sawyer was busy at the vet, another miracle was underway as the Berkshier family continued their mission to find Sawyer's sister, Lucy.

Once again, they heard the cries coming from the underneath the scrap.

Below, one of the Berkshiers extended his arm down into a pocket of the wreckage to reach Lucy.

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Facebook/CBSDFW

Neighbors and rescuers applauded as he stood up with Lucy in his arms.

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Facebook/CBSDFW

Like her brother, Lucy was also examined by a veterinarian, and amazingly, both dogs are expected to be OK after this traumatic experience.

While Sawyer and Lucy were reunited with the Berkshiers, there are many other cats and dogs who were separated from their families.

Facebook groups such as Lost & Found Pets from North Texas Tornadoes have been posting images of lost, found and reunited families.

See NBCDFW's coverage of this rescue story here