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Homeward Bound

'This was a miracle': Rescue dog finds her way home after week-long search

Gracie has had a very rough few months.

Updated: 9.42am, 7 July

THE FOSTER FAMILY of a lost rescue dog have expressed their relief after she returned home last night.

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Eimear Coffey said she and her sister Sinéad were watching TV last night when they heard whimpering outside.

“I went out and opened the front door and there she was, sitting on the front step. I could barely even call Sinead, I was in such shock.

“She walked in and Sinead came out to the hall to see what the hell was wrong with me and the two of us just fell to our knees hugging and kissing her.”

I’m still in complete and utter shock here. Of all the possible outcomes to this situation I imagined, this was never one of them … I don’t believe in meant to be or meant to happen or in miracles, but this was a bona fide miracle.

“I cannot express how overwhelmed I am by the response we’ve had since Gracie went missing.”

I’m rarely lost for words but I don’t have it in me right now to express how amazing people have been throughout this whole situation. It has restored my faith in humanity. People who had never met me, Sinead or Gracie have been out every single day and night since she went missing. They came from as far away as Skerries and Killiney and Palmerstown.

“They took time off work to search for a dog they’d never met for people they didn’t know. My phone hasn’t stopped hopping since last Wednesday with sightings and offers of help and just general well wishes.”

In particular, Eimear said she wanted to thank Dogs in Distress, who rehomed Gracie with her.

Gracie, a one-year-old whippet cross, ran away from her home in Ballycullen, South Dublin on Wednesday morning (1 July).

She was abandoned recently with her six puppies and was so sick she needed an operation to remove sticks and coal from her stomach.

Gracie died for five minutes on the operating table but was resuscitated. She received medical attention this morning and is doing well.

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