A stray dog who nearly drowned in the icy waters of Lake Michigan has found a forever home with a woman who saw his dramatic rescue on TV.
On a cold January day in Lake Michigan, a stray dog was spotted fighting desperately for life. She had fallen through the ice, and was struggling to keep afloat in the freezing cold water.
Just in time, a woman saw the dog valiantly paddling to stay above the water and called the police, who were able to rescue her before she drowned or froze to death. Luckily, her only injury suffered was slight hypothermia.
The Humane Society fittingly named her after the lake she was rescued in: Michigan.
Michigan’s story lead to many people applying to adopt him after it was clear his previous owners weren’t coming forward to claim him.
After reviewing hundreds of applications, the Wisconsin Humane Society picked Brenda Thompson to be Michigan’s new mom. Brenda said that after she saw him in the news, she immediately visited the shelter.
“I threw some clothes on and came straight here. I was here pretty much every day since I saw that story,” she tells TMJ4.
Now that she’s officially adopted him, she’s going to make sure they get off to a good start.
“The first thing I’m going to do is take him on a nice long walk,” Brenda says. “His bed is all made up. He’s got brand-new bowls and toys waiting for him. He’s good to go. I think this is the beginning of a great friendship.”
Michigan will have a sister too, a black Lab who Brenda adopted after Hurricane Katrina.
Watch Brenda coming to pick Michigan up from the shelter and share his happy ending with your friends and family!
“We’re going to go home and go for a nice walk,” said Thompson, smiling. “His bed is all made up, he’s got new bowls. He’s good to go.”
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