'My baby. My baby': Moment black Labrador retriever, Sammy, is reunited with her owner after dog was found in debris of Seattle home nearly a WEEK after it was destroyed in landslide - guarding the dead body of her sister, Lilli

  • 'It's mommy!' a sobbing but overjoyed Didi Fritts can be heard saying in the footage as a fireman emerges with her presumed dead pooch Sammy
  • The Seattle dog owner was reunited with her black Lab after the pup survived for six days under debris left by a landslide that leveled her home
  • Didi and her husband James had been in the home when it collapsed last Friday
  • They escaped with minor injuries, but their two dogs, Sammy and sister Lilli, were thought to be dead
  • However, on Thursday, a neighbor reported hearing a dog whimpering
  • Sammy was recovered from the rubble that day, allowing for an emotional reunion
  • Her sister Lilli wasn't so lucky and was found dead - with Sammy standing guard next to her body

Heartwarming video shows the moment a Seattle dog owner was reunited with her black Labrador retriever after the presumed dead pooch survived for nearly a week under debris from a landslide that leveled her home. 

'It's Mommy!' a sobbing but overjoyed Didi Fritts can be heard saying in the Thursday footage as a fireman emerges with her three-year-old dog named Sammy.

Once reunited, an emotional Fritts hugged and kissed the clearly shaken animal. 

'My baby. My baby,' the dog mom coos to her pet in the clip, which was released by the Seattle Fire Department.  

The reunion, however, was bittersweet as rescuers found Sammy next to the lifeless body of Fritts' other dog, Lilli. 

Heartwarming video shows the moment Seattle dog owner Didi Fritts was reunited with her black Labrador retriever Sammy on Thursday

Heartwarming video shows the moment Seattle dog owner Didi Fritts was reunited with her black Labrador retriever Sammy on Thursday

Firefighters returned to the scene Thursday, nearly a week after the disastrous event, after a neighbor reported hearing whimpers in the wreckage

Firefighters returned to the scene Thursday, nearly a week after the disastrous event, after a neighbor reported hearing whimpers in the wreckage

Didi had thought she lost Sammy along with her other pup Lilli - Sammy's sister - whom her husband had seen perish during the disaster. Her body was discovered when rescuers located her still-alive sister, who was standing guard over the deceased pup's savaged body

Didi had thought she lost Sammy along with her other pup Lilli - Sammy's sister - whom her husband had seen perish during the disaster. Her body was discovered when rescuers located her still-alive sister, who was standing guard over the deceased pup's savaged body

Finding Sammy alive provided some much-needed comfort for Fritts, whose home on a hill in the Magnolia neighborhood overlooking the Pacific Ocean was destroyed after last Friday's torrential rains caused the landslide.

Didi, her husband, James, and their two dogs were home when the landslide hit, partially collapsing the two-story house and sliding it 15 feet off its foundation.

Didi Fritts was able to scramble out a crawl space but James got trapped under a refrigerator. He was pulled free after rescuers dug through the rubble for nearly an hour. However, the two dogs were thought to be dead. 

'It was a loud roar, and the whole thing came down on us,' Didi told local outlet King 5 Friday after the harrowing ordeal. 

'My mouth and throat were covered, filled with dust. I didn't know where I was, and I thought he was dead, and I was screaming for him, screaming, and then I heard him say he was alive. He was alive.' 

Didi, right, and her husband, James, were interviewed after their house was leveled last Friday

Didi, right, and her husband, James, were interviewed after their house was leveled last Friday

James Fritts is rescued by firefighters after being pinned by a refrigerator after landslide hit

James Fritts is rescued by firefighters after being pinned by a refrigerator after landslide hit

Both escaped the disaster essentially unscathed, with only minor injuries.  

Sadly, however, it looked as if their two beloved dogs had not been so lucky.

James revealed to rescue officials that he saw Lilli crushed to death just inches away from him while he was pinned by the refrigerator. 

Meanwhile, there was no sign of Sammy. 

After a great deal of searching, officials presumed that the dog suffered the same fate as her sister, whose body wasn't found due to the  amount of debris at the scene. 

But the Frittses got a glimmer of hope Thursday, when neighbors reported that they had heard a whimper from the wreckage earlier in the day, KING 5 reported.

Upon receiving the call, rescue officials promptly returned to the scene and worked for hours to remove debris from where the living room had been - and where Sammy was last seen.

'We [heard] a little cry this morning, and then didn't hear anything when the fire department was here with the chainsaws,' family friend and neighbor Remy Olivier told the station. 

Eventually, firefighters were able to locate the animal - allowing for the impassioned reunion with Didi, who along with her husband rushed to the scene when they heard from Oliver.

Firefighters rushed to put out a lit propane tank on the property last Friday after the incident

Firefighters rushed to put out a lit propane tank on the property last Friday after the incident

A landslide partially collapsed the two-story home and pushed it 15 feet off its foundation

A landslide partially collapsed the two-story home and pushed it 15 feet off its foundation

'We just pulled apart the entire floor and we pulled her out,' Olivier said. 'She looked like she had just enough room to survive. She wasn’t crushed by anything, or punctured. She had just a tiny bit of room. I guess she was surviving on rainwater the past couple of days.

'It’s just unbelievable that she’s still alive.'

He added: 'We hadn't been looking for living dogs. We assumed that she was in the crush because there's not much left of the house.' 

Sammy had never left her sister's side. 

'We found her right next to her sister,' Oliver told The Seattle Times after the rescue operation. 'She's been next to the other dog this whole time. 

 After the ordeal, James thanked rescue officials for their efforts.

'I just want to say thank you to the Seattle Fire Department and the EMTs and my neighbors and all the amazing people,' he said. 

'We are miracles, and every day is a gift. So, pay it forward and be of service.'

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Labrador retriever discovered in debris of Seattle home a WEEK after it was destroyed in landslide

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