Miracle Dog swims the Hudson River from the Upper West Side to New Jersey

This pooch paddled his way to safety – all the way across the Hudson River!

A pup who was separated from his new family and jumped from Upper Manhattan into the Hudson River miraculously made it to New Jersey and was then reunited with his grateful owners early Tuesday morning.

The ordeal began Saturday afternoon when owner Ellen Wolpin said she took her Leonberger-Berner mix named Bear for a walk on the Upper West Side to get a better-fitting dog harness when the six-month-old pup got rid of his loose-fitting one collar loosened.

Bear, who is a seizure service dog for Wolpin’s 20-year-old developmentally disabled son Zack, was headed back to his home but was startled and raced when a bystander tried to pick him up, she said.

From then on, Bear was at large, running about 30 blocks on the bike path near the water to 110th Street when he jumped in the river and started paddling, Wolpin recalled to The Post Tuesday night.

Another viewer saw Bear swimming across to New Jersey but lost sight of him about three-quarters of the way to the other side, Wolpin said.

Zack Wolpin, who has a developmental disability, was reunited with his seizure service dog, Bear, on Tuesday morning.
Zack Wolpin, who has a developmental disability, was reunited with his seizure service dog, Bear, on Tuesday morning.
Provided by the Wolpin family

She called 911 and patrol boats combed the river looking for the dog, but to no avail.

“We didn’t think he made it, I had a bad stomach and just hoped it was a nightmare,” Wolpin said. “On Sunday I was hoping that I would get a call from someone and then next Monday there is no way this dog survived and then at 5 a.m. this morning I got a call from the Edgewater Police Department that they have him. ”

The No. 1 Edgewater Fire Company even posted on Facebook Tuesday morning that they found a puppy under a pier in Independence Harbor before dawn.

“He almost liked a complete triathlon,” Wolpin also said. “Because he ran about a mile and a half and then swam about a mile.”

The pup is a Leonberger-Berner mix and calls the Upper West Side home.
The pup is a Leonberger-Berner mix and calls the Upper West Side home.
Provided by the Wolpin family

Bear was reunited with his family around 6:30 a.m., first reported by online news outlet I Love The Upper West Side.

Zack, who kept asking where Bear was after the dog’s disappearance, immediately gave his pup a warm hug, Wolpin said.

Wolpin fetched a harness first thing in the morning before Bear even returned, and later bought a few others just to make sure at least one of them was keeping Bear at bay. Bear was also taken to the vet for a check-up, where he received a clean bill of health.

“We were so excited,” said Wolpin, whose friends keep telling her it’s a Christmas miracle. “This dog has had tons of treats and tons of hugs and we’re doing all sorts of things.

“But first we bathed him.”

https://nypost.com/2022/12/06/miracle-dog-swims-from-upper-west-side-to-new-jersey-in-hudson-river/ Miracle Dog swims the Hudson River from the Upper West Side to New Jersey

JACLYN DIAZ

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