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TVFR rescues lost dog along Tualatin River


Dog was startled by fireworks and ran off on New Year's Eve, spent night outside

What looked like the start of a tragic story to begin the New Year instead ended with triumph and relief, as a dog who ran away on New Year's Eve was found and rescued by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVFR) on the bank of the Tualatin River in West Linn.

According to TVFR Public Affairs Officer Stefan Myers, Jewel — a 10-year-old black lab mix — was startled by fireworks on the evening of Dec. 31 and ran off from her home. She spent the night and a good portion of the next day outside in frigid temperatures before a resident heard yelps coming from the river and called 911.

According to Myers, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was first to respond to the 911 call and helped locate Jewel along the river near Fields Bridge Park. From there, the Water Rescue Team from TVFR Station 59 in West Linn deployed on a raft to save the dog.

"(There were) no injuries, but that was a pretty cold night and she was out all night and part of that morning," Myers said. "She was really cold and weak — in the video she perks up as she's seeing people. … We definitely had concerns about hypothermia."

In the end, Jewel avoided hypothermia or any other serious health concerns.

"Once she got warmer and firefighters got her inside, she felt a lot more life and perked up and got stronger." As luck would have it, Jewel was also wearing a tag with a name and phone number to call.

"When they called, obviously there were some happy owners."

Myers did not know where Jewel was from originally, but said her owners lived about eight miles from where she was ultimately found.

West Linn Tidings reporter Patrick Malee can be reached at 503-636-1281 Ext. 106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..