'A bona fide miracle' - Missing rescue dog Gracie finally finds her own way home
A sick rescue dog has been reunited with her foster parents after being missing for almost a week.
The young whippet cross Gracie went missing from her temporary home in south Dublin last Wednesday morning (July 1).
A social media campaign was launched by foster 'mom' Eimear Coffey requesting assistance in helping to find the "Dogs in Distress" pet.
The "devastated" dog lover had been out searching every day since the whippet's disappearance, following up on leads from well-wishers.
Despite numerous sightings of Gracie, the frightened rescue dog had not been found and brought home.
However, a "delighted" Ms Coffey contacted independent.ie in the early hours of this morning to share some wonderful news.
"I heard a dog crying and assumed it was on the tv... I went out and opened the front door and there [Gracie] was, sitting on the front step... [we] just fell to our knees hugging and kissing her," she said.
"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."
There was particular urgency in finding Gracie as she remains quite ill after a recent operation and needs to have stitches removed.
After being abandoned with her six puppies recently, she required an operation to remove sticks and coal from her stomach.
While in surgery, Gracie effectively died for five minutes before being resuscitated - the second miracle in her short life.
Ms Coffey has thanked those who have shared her posts and assisted in the search for Gracie thus far.
"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," she told independent.ie.
She has also extended her gratitude to the "absolutely mind-blowing people at Dogs in Distress".
!They were out and about within a few hours of Gracie going missing and pretty much only went home to eat and sleep for a few hours at a time," she said.