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Puppy presumed dead at sea is reunited with family thanks to Facebook post

Posted at 10:34 PM, Jun 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-27 22:34:56-04
Credit: Clare Shaw

Credit: Clare Shaw

GROTON, Conn. — Ryder was lost, then he was found.

Clare Shaw and her family were boating off the coast of Noank along the Connecticut shoreline Sunday when Ryder, their 8-month-old Shiba Inu puppy, slipped out of his harness and into the ocean.

Credit: Clare Shaw

Credit: Clare Shaw

“After turning around and back tracking for hours, having the Coast Guard involved and everyone on shore looking, we weren’t able to find our puppy,” Shaw told WTIC.

The family was hoping for the best for Ryder, but fearing the worst. They believed he couldn’t swim.

They were wrong.

“My family came home and we felt defeated,” Shaw said. “We packed up his things and lit a candle in his cage and assumed our boy lost his life drowning.”

Then she gave it one more shot. She posted on Facebook, asking if anyone had seen her precious pup.

Credit: Clare Shaw

Credit: Clare Shaw

“Almost 100 shares later, an equine vet saw my post and a post in a Groton lost and found pet group,” she explained. The vet put the two Facebook posts together and realized someone had rescued Ryder.

“They had found him swimming in the middle of the Sound and pulled him into their boat,” Shaw said.

They picked him up late Sunday night .

“We are so incredibly thankful!”