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'The Missing Piece': Dog Found Safe Nearly Three Weeks After Fire

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A happy ending to a story we brought you back in January: A Belton house went up in smoke and the family dog disappeared.

But this week, some good news, thanks to a little girl.

It was a rude awakening.

"I looked to the right and I saw nothing but flames," said Prosper Walker. January 15th, his house caught fire.

He was halfway to the hospital to be treated for burned feet when he thought about his dog, Glory.

"Didn't find out anything about what had happened to her until the next day," he said.

Frightened, Glory had run away. Prosper's daughter Cynthia started making fliers and flooded the Internet with info.

The family didn't even have an actual picture of the dog to put on the flier -- those all burned in the fire. So they used a similar-looking dog.

"I'm guessing conservatively that 15 or 20,000 people in Bell County have seen this flier," Cynthia Helmandollar said.

Ten-year-old Frances Glass, who goes by Frankie, saw one of them at school.

"Usually when I see fliers they never come back," she said.

This time was different.

Out at recess, Frankie spotted a dog under a nearby house.

"I knew it was her, definitely," she said.

A quick call home --  "I said, 'Mom, don't forget to bring dog food, a leash'" -- and eventually another of Prosper's daughters got word.

She went to the abandoned house.

"And I kind of sat there and just said, 'Glory, come on baby,'" Carrie Steger said.

It took a little coaxing. "She kind of laid down and she belly-crawled out of the house really slow, crying the whole way," Carrie said.

Nineteen days after running off, Glory was back in loving arms.

She had been hiding out for nearly three weeks through the bitter cold, surviving on whatever she could find, like tins of old cat food.

It was a long wait, but a family is whole again.

"It was just the missing piece," Carrie said.
    
"The Lord moves in mysterious ways," said Prosper. "He always moves for the good."

Even if it takes 19 days to see it.

As for the house, it will probably have to be totally rebuilt.
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