“Miracle” is now a Canuck!

On March 15th, I did a post about “Miracle on the Detroit River” which was the saga of a small dog who was chased by a coyote onto the frozen Detroit River during the brutally cold Polar Vortex. This post follows up on that tale, since so many of you were captivated by the misfortune, then good fortune, of the dog.

Alone, scared, hungry and cold, this pooch spent four days on the ice while most of the Downriver area of Southeast Michigan fretted and stewed. We all wished somebody … anybody … could come to its rescue.

The hero of the story was Canadian Jude Meade, who borrowed an airboat, made a daring rescue, endangering his own life by stepping onto the ice to retrieve the dog, then sped across the River to deposit the poor pooch into the arms of Patricia Trevino, Manager of the River Rouge Animal Shelter at the shoreline of Dingell Park.

Then the dog was whisked away …

… to a local vet where he was named “Miracle” and, after recovery from surgery and frostbite, he was placed with a foster family to await adoption.

A multitude of people, locally and across the nation, were eager to adopt Miracle, but he now has found a furever home with his rescuer, Jude Meade!

These photos are from the Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter’s Facebook site and capture the joyous reunion that took place yesterday. Because our international border crossing at Detroit/Windsor has been closed for a year due to COVID, an extra-special effort by River Rouge Police Chief/Fire Chief Roberto Cruz allowed this “handoff” to occur. I was the 500th person to comment and agree on the Facebook post that Miracle could not have been placed with a better person.

That bright-red hoodie with the Canada and U.S. flags on the back made this Canadian, who has lived in the States almost 55 years, grin ear to ear.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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42 Responses to “Miracle” is now a Canuck!

  1. Perfect ending to the story!

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  2. What a lovely story!

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  3. agingfaithandcreativity says:

    Perfect ending to a very sweet story!

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  4. bekitschig says:

    What a lovely story! (Why seem Canadian guys alway so much cooler?)

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked it Jeanine. Hmm – I know he was fearless in this case … big and brave, but also warm-hearted. It is touching seeing this big guy holding the little dog who is covered in snow and ice. It gives new meaning to the expression “cold hands, warm heart” doesn’t it?

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  5. ruthsoaper says:

    How appropriate – Saint Jude is known as the Patron Saint of desperate cases and lost causes. Thanks for the follow-up story.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      You’re welcome – I am glad I shared the story Ruth. I was happy to read about the eventual outcome and I didn’t know that St. Jude is the Patron Saint of desperate cases and lost causes, but I wish I had known, as that would have put an even sweeter spin to this tale.

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  6. Ally Bean says:

    This is the best story every. Miracle deserves all the love, forever. And such a cutie now!

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  7. Laurie says:

    Awww…thanks for sharing the happy ending of this story with us, Linda. Jude does deserve to adopt Miracle after he put his own life in danger to rescue him. He looks like a different dog now. So glad to see him all recovered and warm! ❤

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you enjoyed hearing about Miracle’s lucky match-up Laurie. This is perfect. He sure does look different and the vet did some tests on him to determine what kind of dog he was but has not posted it yet … I had been popping onto her site to see the outcome. He looks cuddly and warm and resembles a Cockapoo.

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  8. Yay!!! I am so thrilled this story had such a happy and satisfying ending! 🙂 Thank goodness for people like Jude Meade and the others who saved this sweet little dog.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I am thrilled too Barbara. This little dog lucked out thanks to Jude Meade and I was happy to see they reconnected and this time it is permanent. It’s a real feel-good story. 🙂

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  9. Sandra J says:

    What a happy ending for this wonderful little pooch. There are still lots of good people out there to help animals in need. Great story to share Linda

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked the story Sandra and it was a happy ending. Jude Meade was so deserving to get to keep this dog and now they are reunited for good … a story involving borders that is good.

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  10. Pam Lazos says:

    I’m crying, Linda!🥲😘👏

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Oh Pam – I did too when I heard the news. I debated whether I should send you the link to this post as you and I had commented on your suggestion that I should adopt Miracle. I didn’t know Jude Meade was “in the running” but wow – what a great end to this pup’s misfortune which turned into good fortune. I was misting up when reading the Facebook post by the Friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter. I figured I’d wait a few days and send it to you then if you didn’t see it. We really need these types of feel-good stories right now.

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  11. Rebecca says:

    Great “happy-ending” story, Linda. Thanks for sharing it.

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  12. Oh wow how nice Jude adopted Miracle! What a happy ending. I can’t believe somebody didn’t report Miracle missing.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, I’m so glad he got to keep Miracle. They actually had formed an adoption committee because so many people were interested in adopting Miracle. I’m glad they let Jude keep him as he went out on the dangerous ice to rescue him.

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  13. The best thing about this is that we collectively had our attention taken away from something negative (virus) and focused on a animal in trouble! Of course we now know the ending was a happy one,but having a feel good story during the coldness of this damn virus reminds us all that we will be ok If we stay in touch with our emotions.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      You are absolutely correct Wayne. I’ve seen instances before where people have empathy for animals more so than their fellow man. In fact, today April the Giraffe died. She was euthanized today at 20 years old, due to severe arthritis and difficulty standing. I, along with millions of others, followed the sage of April and her pregnancy and I watched the live birth of her calf. The outpouring of emotion for April’s death was heartfelt … that tells you a lot as well.

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  14. Joni says:

    The perfect ending to the story! Welcome to Canada Miracle! So happy to hear the rescuer got to keep him – it was meant to be!

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  15. Thank you for sharing this heartwarming story! Poor little guy…scared, cold, hungry. There are amazing and good hearted people in the world.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, it is heartwarming to read this story because we tend to forget about the goodness that is in the world after a year of sadness and despair with COVID.

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      • Very well said! There is goodness in the world; just got to keep our eyes and ears open.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes – for sure Esther. A fellow blogger used to post once a week on the good stories she would hear or read about. She has stopped doing that as a post on WordPress and now does it through Instagram instead.

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      • That sounds like a good blog and Instagram page! So many heartwarming stories are neglected in the news and it becomes easy to believe that goodness is scarce.
        I’m not sure if you know about K-Love, a streaming Christian radio station. In Michigan, it’s 92.3 FM. I wrote about it before in my blog’s Christian music category. If you get a chance, check it out! You may like it.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, they are all nice, heartwarming stories and for a while she was soliciting stories for her blog, but she’s posting mostly just in Instagram and will share that post with no comments using her WordPress site.

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