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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Lucky Lab Reunited with Rescuer

Chicago October 04, 2005

A National Guardsman was reunited with a puppy he encountered three weeks ago while rescuing survivors form New Orleans' floodwaters.

The whimpers of the black Labrador retriever-mix caught the ears of Staff Sgt. Jeff Brinley, who grabbed the 2-month-old dog from a flooded home and later scrawled his name and phone number on a piece of cardboard, tying it to the pup he named Lucky, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Brinley went home to Columbus, Ohio, but hoped to see the dog again.

Lucky also traveled northward, ending up in the care of PAWS Chicago, a group dedicated to saving pets.

After he was contacted by PAWS to tell him that Lucky was safe and healthy, Brinley and his wife came to Chicago on Sunday to appear at the PAWS run/walk fundraiser.

Brinley and Lucky were reunited and made their public debut at the fundraising event.

Brinley's National Guard unit, the Ohio-based 1-148th Infantry Battalion, escorted dozens of people to the city's Convention Center, and along the way, pulled about 60 four-legged victims from the floodwaters.


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