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 An Oklahoma woman's missing dog unexpectedly crawled out of a pile of rubble during a live TV interview. (CBS)

Barbara Garcia's home was destroyed Monday by a massive tornado that left at least 24 people in her community dead, but the elderly Oklahoma resident has at least one reason to celebrate -- and it was captured on camera for the world to witness.

During a live TV interview, Garcia explained to a CBS reporter that she had been taking shelter in a bathroom with her dog when the twister struck.

"I was sitting on the stool holding my dog," she said. "This was the game plan all through the years, to go in that little bathroom."

She recalled rolling around a bit as the house was leveled, but miraculously emerged from the wreckage unharmed - and alone.

"I never lost consciousness," she said. "I hollered for my little dog and he didn't answer, he didn't come, so I know he's in here somewhere."

Seconds later, as she answered a question about the tornado's impact, a CBS crew member spotted something moving on the ground behind her.

"The dog! The dog! Hi, puppy!" shouted someone behind the camera as a furry face emerged.

An emotional Garcia bent down to pull pieces of rubble away from her dog, asking bystanders for help as it struggled to get free and whispering "Bless your little bitty heart."

"I thought God just answered one prayer to let me be OK," Garcia said to the camera standing next to her freed friend "but he answered both of them."

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