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Dog believed to have died in house found alive

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An Austin family who thought they had lost everything is feeling very thankful after finding their dog that they believed died in a house fire.

On Sunday FOX 7 told you about a house fire in south Austin on Desco Drive. At the time, the Austin Fire Department believed two of five pets were killed in that fire, but now we can report two days later the family's daschund named Peanut has been found alive.

Not much is left here after an electrical fire gutted this home. This family thought they literally lost everything including Peanut, until they say a miracle happened.

On Sunday afternoon while the Traftons were at the grocery store Gail got a call from a next door neighbor she will never forget.

"She said ‘Miss Gail your house is on fire.' And you're thinking okay there's a little fire and she said ‘I got three dogs out.' Knowing that there were four."

Once the fire was out, Austin firefighters searched the home for the body of the fourth dog, named Peanut.

"I had been asking them to just find me his body so I can take him," Trafton said.

More than 24 hours had passed since the fire and still no sign of Peanut. Trafton began to lose hope.

"It was just impossible to believe because we sat across the street and watched our home burn and the flames were shooting three stories into the air," she said.

But by hour 28, an insurance inspector walking through the home came across something that gave everyone a glimmer of hope.

"I heard ‘Mrs. Trafton where are you?' And I said and I said I'm in the backyard. She said ‘would you come to the door.' She was standing there out in the hall holding him," Trafton said.

They say cats have 9 lives well this pup has at least two. The 5-year-old daschund suffered some smoke inhalation, but had no marks, burns or bruises.

"How all these people in the house didn't find him, we'll just never understand," she said.

It's unknown where Peanut spent those 28 hours but after spending a little more time at the vet, he came home Tuesday to a family that couldn't be happier to see him.

"I can't replace my children and I can't replace Peanut. When we found him it makes it easier knowing that we lost everything that we own," Trafton said.

The Traftons did lose their cat to the fire. As far as peanut goes, he has a few more checkups, but is expected to make a full recovery.

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