Pinellas dog rescued at sea has new home - WFLA News Channel 8

Pinellas dog rescued at sea has new home

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'Baby' has a new name and a new home 'Baby' has a new name and a new home
HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - The small dog, which captured the hearts and attention of  Tampa Bay area residents after the story of her rescue from the chilly waters of Tampa Bay two miles off the coast has a new home tonight.

The now has a new home and a new name and now belongs to Tierra Verde resident Kathy Klein.  Klein has named her "Gracie."

After hearing of Gracie's plight, Klein went to the marina at Demens Landing Sunday armed with a dog bed and a coat.

Gracie had been living on a boat owned by Tony Basile, who took her in when a fisherman found her treading water in Tampa Bay Thursday morning.

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Klein met with Suzy Johnson, who had been one of Gracie's caretakers and the two women began bathing her. In the process, Klein noticed the dog was carrying a lot of milk and mentioned to Johnson that Gracie may have recently been pregnant.
 
In addition to the horrifying possibility of losing her puppies when she either fell overboard or was deliberately tossed, Gracie's hair was extremely matted and she appeared to have some ear problems, said Klein.

Johnson said Klein and Gracie "bonded almost immediately.".

Klein has rescued animals in the past.  A 72-hour waiting period expired today, and when no one stepped forward to claim the brown-eyed dog, Klein gladly did so.

A trip to Klein's veterinarian produced more good news: Gracie was in pretty good shape, tested negative for heartworms, didn't have an ear infection and the vet called her, "A rugged little girl".

Gracie also has a new companion.

Klein and her husband are the owners of "Buddy", who is 16 and a half years old, but is blind and deaf. Klein hand-feeds Buddy and wanted Gracie to help serve as a companion. The two dogs are getting along fantastically and Gracie also has a new collar on the way with her name. It's appropriately enough, navy blue with pink anchors.
 
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