Dog lost in flood returned to owner

Published: November 17, 2006 | 5060th good news item since 2003

In the chaos of a freakish downpour as a river of water, mud and debris gushed down Pershing Avenue, Mary Larriba’s dog, Feather, disappeared into the sodden night. [Noah’s Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries About The Event That Changed History]

The Oct. 13 storm cell that pummeled a north San Bernardino neighborhood with 2 inches of rain in less than an hour sent torrents rushing through 18 homes, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Larriba was at work during the storm and had no way of knowing that Feather had gotten loose.

“He’s an escape artist,” she said.

The young chow mix was one of Larriba’s great joys.

“He’s the spark around here, and I missed him,” she said. “It was lonely out here without him.”

Her home suffered damage to carpets and to property and cabinets in the garage.

But that was nothing compared to losing the dog with such a happy, rambunctious personality.

She had adopted him as a puppy after she saw him get hit by a car in a supermarket parking lot. Surprisingly, he wasn’t hurt.

It appeared he had another surprise in him. Feather survived the flood and wound up at the home of a neighbor who didn’t know where he belonged.

The neighbor called a small rescue group called Tina’s Hope, which specializes in finding homes for cats that wind up in shelters.

When the neighbor couldn’t reach anyone in the rescue group, she had to take Feather to the animal shelter, said Marty Layes of Tina’s Hope.

The group was finally contacted and managed to make sure the dog wasn’t euthanized while searching for his owner.

After reading a newspaper account about another neighbor who was worried about the missing dog, they were able to track down Larriba and arrange for Feather to be reunited with her.

She was immensely grateful for the help from Tina’s Hope.

“If it hadn’t been for all their hard work, he would have been put down,” she said.

Unfortunately, Feather was off to the veterinarian on Thursday.

Since coming home more than a week ago, the normally spry Feather was listless, losing weight and had a cough.

Larriba is thrilled he’s home and just hopes he gets well soon.

“When he’s feeling good, he’s all over the place. He’s a friendly, happy dog.”

The vet prescribed a stronger antibiotic and a cough suppressant.

“He’s a member of my family “I’m so glad to have him back.”

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