Praise Rescuers for Saving Buried Dog

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Target: Jose Guerdola and others on his rescue team

Goal: Praise the rescue diggers who saved a dog trapped under a recent mudslide

A major rainstorm in Guatemala near the Mexican border has brought much destruction and loss of life, especially in the little town of Joya Grande. One lucky dog buried in the resulting mudslide was saved by rescuers during an intense rescue search.

Several hours of torrential rain caused the side of a nearby mountain to collapse onto the village of Joya Grande. The mudslide buried much of the village along with six of its inhabitants. Rescuers, including Jose Guerdola, dug frantically in the debris to look for any survivors. Catastrophically none of the humans who were caught in the mudslide survived; however the rescuers were able to find and save one lucky dog that had held out for 18 hours after being buried alive.

Guerdola explained that the rescue team heard a “faint sound, like a permanent rapping or tapping,” under the debris. They initially believed the sound was coming from somebody stuck underground, tapping on a metal pipe. Upon digging toward the source of the sound the rescuers found to their surprise that its source was not a human being, but a little barking dog.

The little dog, who was dubbed “el Afortunado” meaning “the Lucky One,” was taken to a veterinarian soon after he was rescued from the rubble. Upon examination el Afortunado was found to be in surprisingly good health, suffering only from dehydration and some shock. El Afortunado is now up for adoption in Guatemala.

Although dreadful calamities occur from time to time and claim many precious lives, miracles do occur as well. Praise the rescuers for the time and effort they invested in searching for survivors of the mudslide, and for rescuing el Afortunado.


Dear Mr. Guerdola and fellow rescuers,

It was heartening to read about the rescue of el Afortunado after the devastating mudslide that recently occurred in Guatemala. Several human lives were regrettably lost, but your search for survivors in the debris was not in vain. El Afortunado certainly is lucky to have been discovered and rescued by your group.

Thank you for your contributions to rescue efforts, and for setting a great example for others on how they can help in disaster relief situations.


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Photo credit: PrensaLibre via ABC News

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  1. micheline dm says:

    Thank you guys for your great kindness and heart to save this precious dog!I would have done the same.I hope he is fine and has a new home with love and good food!

  2. Christina Anderson says:

    So good to see a story about people actually working to rescue an animal in need. Some awful stories have come out of this part of the world. But the awful stories are from all over the world These rescuers are true heroes.

  3. First of all I’m so sorry about all the loss in your town of Joya Grande but I thank everyone who not only looked to help save humans but also helped save a little dog.
    You gave him a second chance and I thank you all.

    I hope he finds a wonderful loving forever home.

    May God bless you all and Lucky One too!

  4. Muriel Servaege says:

    My God! That little dog was rescued in the end. This is what matters.

  5. Thanks so much to the HEROES who rescued the little guy. Hope he finds a beautiful, caring family to love him.

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