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Miracle dog is back with its owners after Fraser River plunge

Jack is back with his owners after being  rescued from the Fraser River. - Richmond Animal Protection Society photo
Jack is back with his owners after being rescued from the Fraser River.
— image credit: Richmond Animal Protection Society photo

If Jack could only talk, imagine the stories he could tell.

Like how he wound up swimming for his life in the Middle Arm of the Fraser River on Friday morning, only to be spotted by eagle-eyed staff at the Skyline Marina, who rescued the exhausted white German shepherd in the nick of time.

Or recount where he ventured during his three-week jaunt after slipping through an open gate at his family home along Knight Street in Vancouver.

But Jack’s back at home and eating well, much to the delight of his owners, who came to claim him Monday after reading about his rescue online.

Richmond Animal Protection Society’s Shane Burnham said the owners came forward and it was readily apparent that they were Jack’s owners.

The staff at the animal society had temporarily named him Phelps, after U.S. superstar swimmer Michael Phelps, he of the 20-plus Olympic medals. An apt nickname, considering how his swimming feat was quite the spectacle.

Kara Frederick, assistant manager at the animal society, said it’s rare that an owner will come forward after an animal has been gone so long.

“He truly is a miracle for making it so long on his own,” she said.

“They seemed a little bit in shock,” Burnham said of the owners, a couple from Vancouver. “They were obviously quite happy.”

And Jack returned the love, showing his delight when he was reunited with his owners, one tail wag at a time.

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