Dog on the Move

Lacking B.C. canine discovered after swimming 1 kilometre throughout Metro Vancouver river


Michelle Chretien thought she would by no means see her canine once more.

However, 10 days after her German shepherd rescue went lacking within the Maple Ridge neighbourhood of Hammond, the Port Moody resident obtained a name from somebody on a close-by island. They discovered her canine working alongside the seaside.

Mercy, 9, managed to swim a kilometre throughout the Fraser River from concerning the Golden Ears bridge to the japanese tip of Barnston Island.

Chretien adopted Mercy from a rescue company in Manitoba about two years in the past. She had adopted canine from the identical company earlier than, and was assured in her talents in coping with canine with behaviour points.

Nonetheless, with Mercy, nothing she did helped and she or he employed a canine behaviourist, who, after spending 4 months with the canine, recognized Mercy with post-traumatic stress dysfunction. That was a light-weight bulb second for the retired police dispatcher who has pals with PTSD and was aware of most of the signs.

Mercy was placed on a number of completely different medicines however nothing actually labored. She was, although, making a tiny little bit of progress turning into barely much less skittish and fewer fearful.

“All I learn about her previous, clearly is that, whoever her first proprietor was, they badly abused her,” stated Chretien.

Even going out for walks can set off worry in Mercy who will merely shut proper down, Chretien famous.

If there are too many individuals or too many canine, Mercy will lie down on the highway or the sidewalk and simply keep there.

“I can’t transfer her. I can’t stroll her,” Chretien stated.

To be able to assist Mercy change into extra social, Chretien employed a canine walker to stroll Mercy a few times per week who has been doing that with success for the previous two years.

So, when Chretien determined she needed to take a few weeks trip, she thought she would ask her canine walker to deal with Mercy whereas she was gone. However, simply to be protected, she would see how Mercy did at her canine walker’s home for at some point.

“I simply thought, if she does OK for the day there, then I can go away for 2 weeks, she’ll be nice,” stated Chretien.

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She dropped her off July 18.

Nonetheless, the identical day, Mercy broke proper via one of many doorways on the second flooring and bought out on the second flooring balcony. She ran down the steps and scaled the fence, virtually two metres excessive.

Chretien put up a poster on-line on Lacking Pets in BC that was shared extensively and had search events out each evening – to no avail. Mercy would make an occasional look, famous Chretien, however no one might get shut sufficient to seize her.

Then all went quiet. Hastily, there have been no new sightings of Mercy, which Chretien discovered odd.

Lastly at 1 a.m. on July 28, Chretien obtained a name from a licensed canine coach with the BC SPCA, who lives on Barnston Island, that she first noticed Mercy working alongside the seaside. She thought Mercy had both been dumped or that one of many island’s residents bought a brand new canine.

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Then she noticed Chretien’s poster. Chretien and Mercy have been reunited at round 11:30 a.m. on July 28.

Chretien is amazed Mercy was in a position to swim that far. She would be taught {that a} group of individuals have been setting off fireworks on the Hammond Canine Park about three days previous to Mercy being found on Barnston Island. Chretien figures Mercy was spooked by the fireworks and took off working, proper into the river.

“That’s one among her triggers – fireworks and fireplace crackers. She’ll simply run. She’ll run into stuff to get away from them. Like she will get completely petrified,” stated Chretien.

“So she most likely simply took off working and bumped into the river and, I’m assuming, simply stored going,” stated Chretien.

After they have been reunited Mercy whined a bit and her tail was wagging. That was adequate for Chretien since Mercy usually doesn’t present loads of emotion since she largely operates on worry.

Chretien stated Mercy was exhausted by the point she arrived residence.

However not drained sufficient to get pleasure from a piece of feta cheese – one among her favorite treats.

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