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11/04/2014 05:08 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Tinkerbell The Dachshund Rescued Days After Mudslide Engulfs California Home

A dachshund named Tinkerbell is probably glad she had some fairy dust after being rescued days after her owner's home was engulfed in a mudslide.

The community of Camarillo, California was hit with heavy rains last Friday which clogged a storm drain and caused a massive wall of mud and rocks to careen into a neighborhood, severely damaging one home and forcing the evacuation of 11 others, according to reports from KTLA. Henry Needham was trapped waist-deep in earth and had to be rescued by firefighters. However emergency responders were unable to locate his 5-year-old dachshund, who was believed to have died in the chaos.

Two days later, Needham's son-in-law Bill Pyles was surveying the house to look at the damage and heard barks coming from inside the home "and a few minutes later she appeared in the front," Pyles told The Huffington Post. "You can replace things, but you can't replace a dog or a child."

He captured this photo of his son Sean with the dog, who looks more than grateful to be reunited with her family. Take a look.

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Pyles said most of his father-in-law's house is filled with 3 feet of mud and it's been cordoned off by authorities. Needham and his wife, now in their 80s, have been trying to figure out what to do with the damaged home and remove the earth that's consumed most of their possessions. Thankfully, their reunion with Tinkerbell is a beacon of hope in a tragic disaster.

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