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Tiny dog saved after 4 days of being stuck on icy river gets adopted by rescuer

April 16th, 2021

The cold weather is perfect for a sip of hot choco while comfortably sitting in front of your fireplace.

Sadly, not everyone is given that privilege. There are many homeless people enduring the freezing weather out in the open because they have nowhere to go to warm themselves up.

There are homeless pets enduring the harsh weather, too.

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What can a helpless dog possibly do to protect itself from the dangers of the open, let alone against freezing temperatures?

The miraculous story of ‘Miracle’.

Miracle the dog spent four long days in the freezing Ecorse River, but it wasn’t the typical “stay” that’s probably on your mind. He was stranded there and trying to stay alive.

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Facebook - Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter Source: Facebook - Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter

Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter wrote in a post on their Facebook page:

“He dodged coyotes, eagles, coastguard ice breakers, frigid temps, and he even fell into the river and climbed back up on the ice.”

Attempts were made to save the poor pup but no one seemed capable of getting him out there. Rescuing him was quite a difficult task and everyone was just doubtful about saving him.

Although that’s the case, Miracle didn’t give up easily and continued hoping that he would be saved.

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Facebook - Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter Source: Facebook - Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter

And on the 4th day, a “miracle” happened.

A brave and kindhearted man named Jude Mead (who also happened to be working for an Ontario-based marine construction company) learned about Miracle’s tragic situation.

Mead immediately stepped into action and decided the pup wasn’t spending another second in that hopeless place.

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Facebook - Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter Source: Facebook - Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter

Mead, together with his team, rode an airboat to get to where Miracle was.

Dr. Lucretia Greear, a Woodhaven Animal Hospital veterinarian told WXYZ:

“They physically went out to this small island where he was and they were able to physically rescue him. He was hiding on this little uninhabited piece of land, but it was very difficult to get there because of the ice.”

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Facebook - Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter Source: Facebook - Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter

Thankfully, they were able to save the stranded pup.

In almost no time, he was brought to safety.

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Facebook - Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter Source: Facebook - Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter

However, Miracle’s paw pads suffered from frostbite, he was also dehydrated, and he had Pancreatitis from being out there in the icy river with no food to eat. But with the downpour of love and support, he’s expected to be given the green bill of health soon.

It’s all thanks to Mead and everyone who unhesitantly volunteered to help in making the rescue possible. If it wasn’t for them, Miracle wouldn’t be enjoying his second shot at life.

His story went viral and people wanted to take him home.

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Facebook - Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter Source: Facebook - Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter

“Many wanted to adopt Miracle. We heard some of the most beautiful stories from so many people as to why they wanted to give him a home, but in the end, and after a VERY CAREFUL, stringent, and thorough application process, which included a home visit as well…”

Posted by Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter onFriday, March 26, 2021

Soon, they decided to give Miracle to the best candidate, and it was none other than the man who saved his life.

“…it was decided that the man who saved Miracle was the very best fit for him.”

A new home, a new family, and a new life.

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Facebook - Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter Source: Facebook - Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter

They scanned for a microchip but found nothing.

The rescued pup also had no tag or collar to trace him back to his possible owners.

Miracle (around 12 to 18 months) is now expected to live a beautiful life in Canada together with his new family. This is indeed another beautiful story of rescue and kindness.

We are all certain Miracle and Mead are both happy to have found each other, they definitely will make beautiful memories together.

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We can definitely say miracles really do happen.

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Source: I Heart Dogs, Facebook – Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter, WXYZ

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