Family Flees Hurricane with Three-Legged Dog and Pet Pig

Posted by Daphne Cybele
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Facebook/Lisa Livingston Eicher video screenshot

All eight members of the Eicher family of Houston were rescued from high waters due to Hurricane Harvey.

Lisa Livingston Eicher, her husband, their four children, and two pets were home on Friday when Hurricane Harvey floodwaters threatened their safety. The family home is ten feet above ground to safeguard against floods. On Friday, however, rushing water had risen to the front porch steps and looked like it would continue to rise. The family needed to evacuate.

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A Watery Rescue

Lisa, a former contestant from American Ninja Warrior, documented the rescue on Facebook and Instagram.

"We've got two kids with Down syndrome, a three legged dog, and a pig. All of whom will be freaked out." I told the firefighter. "Perfect!" He replied. No one anticipated the water would rise as fast and as ferociously as it did. When they pulled up they screamed, "we have to get out now!" We woke a still sleeping Ace and Archie, threw as much as we could in a garbage bag, and got out. (So excuse Sevy's pantless wedgie butt). As they swam Penny the Pig out to the truck, one of the firemen said to me, "you better be getting this on video.." I assured him I was. Comic relief was abundant. They dropped us off at a nearby, dry gas station and headed back out to rescue more. Joey had woken up in the middle of the night and drove our car to higher ground (🙌🏼) so a friend came and picked him up and they were able to get to it. The kids and I sat in the only spot safe from rain in front of the gas station and waited. The attendant came out and brought us all sandwiches and icees. A sweet man insisted I take twenty dollars to buy something for the kids. And a homeless couple brought us blankets. Wanting nothing in return. Countless people stopped to check on us and offer help. We don't know what damage will be done to our house, we are worried. But more than anything, we are overwhelmed by the kindness of people. So many of you have offered to help, even offered to open your homes to us. Thank you. We are safe and sound at our good friends' house. (Love you @rubysrainbow). My only regret is that I didn't charge people for selfies with Penny the Pig at the gas station. 😉🐷 We are lucky. We are grateful. Lots of love. ❤️ #eichertribe #harvey

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No one anticipated the water would rise as fast and as ferociously as it did,” Eicher wrote in a Facebook post“We’ve got two kids with Down syndrome, a three legged dog, and a pig. All of whom will be freaked out,” I told the firefighter. “Perfect!” he replied.

Eicher wrote in the same Facebook post: “As they swam Penny the Pig out to the truck, one of the firemen said to me, “you better be getting this on video…” You can see the firemen have a sense of humor and that they enjoy their work in Lisa’s videos. 

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Facebook/Lisa Livingston Eicher video screenshot
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Facebook/Lisa Livingston Eicher video screenshot

All Safe At Last

Emergency rescue services took Lisa, her husband Joey, and their four children (Sevy, Archie, Ace, and Radko) plus Pip the three-legged dog and Penny the pig to safety.

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Facebook/Lisa Livingston Eicher video screenshot

The family found temporary refuge from the floodwaters at a gas station on higher ground


Eicher’s Facebook post continues: “The attendant came out and brought us all sandwiches and icees. A sweet man insisted I take twenty dollars to buy something for the kids. And a homeless couple brought us blankets. Wanting nothing in return. Countless people stopped to check on us and offer help. We don’t know what damage will be done to our house, we are worried. But more than anything, we are overwhelmed by the kindness of people. So many of you have offered to help, even offered to open your homes to us. Thank you. We are safe and sound at our good friends’ house.”

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Facebook/Lisa Livingston Eicher video screenshot

As stated above, the Eichers are now staying with their good friends in Austin. They do not yet know the full extent of the damage to their house.

Eicher’s Facbook post concludes: “My only regret is that I didn’t charge people for selfies with Penny the Pig at the gas station. 😉🐷 We are lucky. We are grateful.”

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Family Flees Hurricane with Three-Legged Dog and Pet Pig