For four days and three nights last February, a dog stranded on an ice floe in the icy waters of the Detroit River between the US and Canada struggled to stay alive. Despite the desperate situation, the dog hoped for a miracle and finally succeeded.
First discovered by a wildlife photographer taking pictures on the Michigan riverfront, very soon, concerned parties on both sides of the border were scrambling to find a way to save the endangered pup, but the extreme elements they were against him.
After tapping into numerous resources, it seemed that no one could help, but the determined rescuers refused to give up. “We had to fight for him,” said Patricia Treviño of the River Rouge Animal Shelter (RRAS). WXYZ-Detroit. “It was a level of frustration that I had never felt because this was a life; it was out there in front of us. We all could see it. “
That’s when Jude Mead and his son, owners of an offshore construction company in Windsor, Ontario, literally took the helm of the salvage operation.
Departing in an airboat loaned to them by BASF Corporation, the pair were able to pilot their way through the ice, finding and securing the dog with relative ease.
Having spent such a prolonged period in freezing temperatures, most of the time under the stressful threat of prowling coyotes, the poor dog was in very bad shape.
Once on land, they immediately took him to Woodhaven Animal Hospital To evaluate. The diagnosis confirmed that the young dog suffered frostbite, dehydration and pancreatitis as a result of his ordeal, however vets speculated that the dog’s poorly matted coat was likely a blessing in disguise, preventing further damage.
“I feel like what saved him is the fact that he wasn’t fixed and his coat was thrown at him,” said Woodhaven veterinarian Dr. Lucretia Greear. The Detroit Free Press. “He literally had a layer of insulation that protected him from water and ice and protected him from freezing to death, but it’s a miracle.”
After successful treatment and recovery, the lucky puppy, who was named Alonso, was renamed ‘Milagro’ and put up for adoption.
While there were many contenders for the role of new pet parent, when the man who had pulled him off the ice stepped forward to make his claim, shelter staff agreed that nothing could feel more good than reuniting them.
“Today history closed the circle. Today the puppy Milagro was placed in the hands of the hero who saved his life. That’s right, this dog who defied ALL ODDS will now live happily ever after with the man who saved his life, ”announced Friends of the RRAS.
“Milagro couldn’t ASK for a better or more ideal family to love him! We are all very grateful for the happy ending to this AMAZING story… Congratulations Jude and family on joining your family! Happy life, Miracle! “
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