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December 11, 2013

Back where she belongs: 'Miracle dog' survives week in car without food, heat

PALESTINE — “Nana” — that's short for Banana — never could stay in one place for too long.

The free-spirited Dachshund is known to wander and roam, a modern-day explorer befriending humans young and old. For the past year, the beloved vagabond has made her home in the hearts of those who live at the Dogwood RV Park off West Oak Street in Palestine.

Two of the park's residents — Tawn and Mike Brown — who moved to the park while building a new home, openly testified to their pet's propensity to prowl.

“She wanders around, and she's a pretty independent little girl,” Tawn Brown said. “She has got street smarts.”

But not even street smarts could have the leg up on Nana's recent escapade, when the happy-go-lucky canine survived six days in a closed vehicle without water, food or heat — and through the brunt of the county's cruelest cold front.

The story began last Tuesday with her usual routine, where she'd follow around the owner of Morris Equipment Sales & Service while he would work on vehicles in a nearby auto lot.

“She was out there always following you around, when I was cranking up these cars,” Graham Chavers said. “She'd hop up in every one of them” — but eventually hop out.

Chavers, who also owns the Dogwood RV Park next door, said Nana would make the rounds and was always close behind — until she wasn't.

“I wasn't paying attention to her,” he said. “And I just happened to shut the door after I let it run for a little bit.”

Meanwhile, the Browns knew something strange had occurred when little Nana didn't come home for dinner that night.

“I call her Houdini because she disappears really quick,” Brown said.

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