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Iraqi Man, Lucky Dog Reunite After Baghdad Blast

Faroug Omar rescues his dog, Liza in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
Faroug Omar rescues his dog, Liza in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

By Hamid Ahmed (AP)

BAGHDAD — The owner of a dog that miraculously survived a massive bombing returned to his collapsed home Wednesday to be reunited with his pet, stunning neighbors who thought he was dead.

The ginger-colored dog was spotted chained to a roof railing and standing on a wall ledge over the collapsed home after Tuesday’s huge blast near Iraq’s Finance
Ministry leveled shops and houses. The attack was part of coordinated bombings around Baghdad that claimed at least 127 lives.

“Lots of neighbors thought I was dead,” said Farouq Omar Muhei after his dog, Liza, was carried down to the street and began lapping at a puddle.

Iraqi police and rescue officials initially said Muhei and his family were among the victims. But he surprised neighbors when he returned with his 14-year-old son,
Omar, after being treated for cuts and other injuries. They were the only family members home at the time of the attack and all his family survived.

Only a few portions of the home remained standing — including one section of the roof where Liza was chained. The dog’s water bucket also remained by her side, but was empty when Muhei’s brother, Fuad, climbed over the rubble to unchain the dog and carry her down.

The dog was waiting calmly and even yawned as he approached. But Liza appeared to be shaking with joy as she was reunited with Muhei, 46, whose face was laced with cuts.

The thirsty Liza then began to lap water from a puddle.

“After we crawled out of the rubble of our home, I said to my son, ‘the dog is dead’,” said Muhei, who sells candy and small items in the local market. “But my son said,
‘No, I saw her.’ I came back today to rescue my dog.”

Muhei said he purchased Liza as a puppy six years ago in Baghdad’s main pet market. That market was hit by two suicide bombers in February 2008, killing at least 100 people.

Liza the rescued dog drinks water from a puddle, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
Liza the rescued dog drinks water from a puddle, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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Linda
Linda
13 years ago

That dog wasn't left along long enough to be that skinny — somehow I'm not real sure it's that much of a beloved family member…

Francine
Francine
11 years ago
Reply to  Linda

I agree Linda, that poor dog is skin and bones.

Linda
Linda
13 years ago

That dog wasn't left along long enough to be that skinny — somehow I'm not real sure it's that much of a beloved family member…

Karlitasc
Karlitasc
11 years ago

Well, let’s see. Despite the weigth of the dog, one must remember that these people are living in very poor conditions. Let us remember that this isn’t America where we spent “billions of dollars” in food and toys. However, just because the dog is underweight doesn’t mean that he isn’t loved by his owner.

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