"Teddy," an 18-month-old male Bernese Mountain Dog who had escaped from his home in West Boylston, MA on January 28, was rescued by members of the town's Fire and Police departments this morning after he fell through thin ice on the Malden Street Brook.
Teddy's disappearance had been widely publicized by Granite State Dog Recovery, a Salem, New Hampshire-based nonprofit organization whose volunteers use social networking and Internet resources to help reunite missing dogs with their families through the New England states. According to an article in today's Worcester Telegram, Granite State Dog Recovery was instrumental in locating 100 lost dogs during the month of January alone. The group's Facebook page has more than 15,000 followers.
Based on information posted on the West Boylston Police Department's Facebook page, Teddy is currently being treated at The Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals at the Tufts Veterinary campus in Grafton. Teddy's owner, Mark Lange, reported that Teddy has lost some weight, but seems to be doing remarkably well in the aftermath of his ordeal. The dog will remain at Tufts overnight for continued observation.
Teddy was the second Bernese Mountain Dog who disappeared from a Massachusetts home during the month of January. Granite State Dog Recovery has been working to publicize the disappearance of another one, a five-year-old female named Moira, who vanished from her Pepperell, MA home on January 18.