They're known as man's best friend, but anyone who has ever owned a dog can tell you -- they're family.
Alex had been a member of the Thompson family in Wayne County, W.Va. for 14 years, but after becoming trapped in a storm drain, Alex quickly won over the hearts of an entire community.
Four days of searching and two days of digging by family, friends and a backhoe became a rescue attempt fueled entirely by hope.
After six days of being buried alive, tears of triumph over tragedy flowed as a man and his best friend reunite.
"I got my dog, I got my dog," said Alex's owner, who pulled the dog to safety.
Tears of faith, a cry of relief and a belief in miracles were all part of a rescue attempt that never gave up hope.