While returning to sort through their destroyed home in hopes of recovering their pet's remains nearly a week later, Sarah and Anthony arrived to find their young pup waiting for them instead, sitting on the lawn out front. Her fur was singed, though she looked to be in good health.
"We were just wanting to get her body so we could bury her, but there she was," Sarah says. "I've never been happier."
According to the Cullman Times, an insurance claims adjuster had been at the site assessing the damage when they heard a faint whimper amid the charred ruins. There was Lilly, scared but alive, cowering in her kennel. Sarah says that the kennel had protected her from the fiery, falling debris -- though the fact that she also survived through the smoke and heat seems nothing short of a miracle .
For Sarah and Anthony, to be reunited with the animal they were sure they'd never see alive again, has changed their perspective on the entire incident.
"I don't feel like we've lost anything, really," Sarah told The Times. "We're just so happy to have her back."