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Poodle Survives Eight Days After Crash
YAHOOOoooo ^ | Wed Dec 28, 4:09 PM ET | Wed Dec 28, 4:09 PM ET

Posted on 12/28/2005 8:11:32 PM PST by BenLurkin

ELKO, Nev. - The biggest Christmas present came a day late this year for Lee and Irene DellaSilva of Ogden, Utah. But it's one they'll never forget. Eight days after the DellaSilvas' 6-year-old poodle, Miss Lizzie, was lost during a rollover accident east of Carlin, a Union Pacific crew spotted the black pooch Monday morning on railroad tracks near the crash site.

"It is an act of God as far as I am concerned," said Lee DellaSilva. "This just renews our faith in the Christmas miracle."

Miss Lizzie's travels began after she fled the DellaSilvas' vehicle following the accident the Sunday before Christmas.

Rescuers kept them from searching for their pet. Then they had to leave the area.

Over eight days, Miss Lizzie traveled without food through coyote territory before lying down in exhaustion on a railway trestle crossing.

The poodle was spotted and rescued by a Union Pacific crew thanks to a "missing dog" poster that the DellaSilvas had provided to a UP outpost.

Since she was on the tracks, they assumed she was dead. Then she weakly popped up her head.

The crew put the train into an emergency stop and went back to rescue the dog, warmed her up, dried her off, cleaned her up and placed her snugly in a work bag for a ride back home.

As part of their search for Miss Lizzie, the DellaSilvas were offering a $1,000 reward. The train crew is donating the reward to the Dogtown Rescue organization.

"It is just something totally weird," engineer Mike Kessler said. "This just doesn't happen. Especially with something this small ... . We call her Lucky Lizzie now"

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Information from: Elko Daily Free Press


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: dog; doggie; doggieping

1 posted on 12/28/2005 8:11:33 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: HairOfTheDog; Monkey Face

Dog Ping


2 posted on 12/28/2005 8:12:09 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: BenLurkin

I love this story. Thank you.


3 posted on 12/28/2005 8:14:53 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: BenLurkin

Thought this was about John Kerry.........


4 posted on 12/28/2005 8:16:10 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances and it advances relentlessly freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: BenLurkin
The train crew is donating the reward to the Dogtown Rescue organization.

Nice guys these.

5 posted on 12/28/2005 8:38:51 PM PST by calex59
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To: BenLurkin

Jeez, I thought this was going to be a retrospective about John Kerry in November 2004.


6 posted on 12/28/2005 8:40:37 PM PST by XEHRpa
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To: BenLurkin

awwww


7 posted on 12/28/2005 8:41:27 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: BenLurkin
A poodle?! Why not a Collie like Lassie ... or even a big ol' nasty Rottie ... or a German Shepard? A poodle. Brother.

Even my cats are scoffing at this.

:-)

8 posted on 12/28/2005 8:41:37 PM PST by manwiththehands (My Christmas wish: I wish Republicans were running the country.)
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To: BenLurkin

What a survivor! Praise God for His loving care of us and our furry friends.


9 posted on 12/28/2005 8:42:43 PM PST by skr ("That book [Bible], sir, is the rock on which our republic rests."--Andrew Jackson)
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To: BenLurkin

Great story, but eight days without food? Not likely without any food at all. She's a dog for cryin' out loud.


10 posted on 12/28/2005 8:43:45 PM PST by kenth (Merry Christmas!)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Ping!


11 posted on 12/28/2005 8:46:04 PM PST by paulat
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To: BenLurkin

Heartwarming ping!


12 posted on 12/28/2005 8:49:15 PM PST by goresalooza (Nurses Rock!)
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To: BenLurkin

Nice story in a world that often have few. Simple act of love, brings forth some real joy.


13 posted on 12/28/2005 8:51:17 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: manwiththehands
A poodle?! Why not a Collie like Lassie ... or even a big ol' nasty Rottie ... or a German Shepard? A poodle. Brother. Even my cats are scoffing at this.

Poodles, as they were originally bred, are hunting dogs. They are retrievers with there thick curly hair warding off cold water and allowing them to retrieve many waterfowl before they succumb to the cold. In other words they are tough. The miniature and other derivatives of the breed may not be so tough but to put all poodles into the wimp category is unfair.

14 posted on 12/28/2005 8:52:36 PM PST by calex59
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To: calex59; HairOfTheDog

I just emailed this to my dad...they have two toy poodles, both pitch black. Gorgeous, smart and vivacious little pups!


15 posted on 12/28/2005 8:55:47 PM PST by 2Jedismom (Expect me when you see me!)
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Irene DellaSilva kisses her poodle, Lizzie, after their
reunion Monday at Vega Construction in Elko. Six-year-old
Lizzie went missing Dec. 18 near the Carlin Tunnels and
was found by two Union Pacific Railroad employees who
reunited the dog with its owners. At left, Lee DellaSilva
talks with the Union Pacific employees. (Ross
Andréson/Elko Daily Free Press)

16 posted on 12/28/2005 8:59:35 PM PST by 2Jedismom (Expect me when you see me!)
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To: calex59
The miniature and other derivatives of the breed may not be so tough but to put all poodles into the wimp category is unfair.

I think a lot of people just haven't seen a standard poodle (or didn't realize it was a poodle when they saw it).
17 posted on 12/28/2005 9:02:51 PM PST by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Welsh Rabbit

Yep, the standard poodle, not shaved by the way, are great dogs and as tough as they get.


18 posted on 12/28/2005 9:13:45 PM PST by calex59
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To: Welsh Rabbit

Judging from the photo, Lizzie isn't a standard poodle. She appears to the middle size -- the Miniature. The Standard Poodle is over 15 inches at the shoulder.The Toy is under 10 inches. Tough to tell because she's laying down, but the one in the photo appears to be the mid-size.


19 posted on 12/28/2005 9:20:46 PM PST by Wolfstar ("We must...all hang together or...we shall all hang separately." Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Wolfstar
I agree, the dog in the article definitely isn't a standard. I was commenting on a lot of people's mistaken belief that all poodles are toy dogs.
20 posted on 12/28/2005 9:33:25 PM PST by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Welsh Rabbit
I was commenting on a lot of people's mistaken belief that all poodles are toy dogs.

Oh, yes. Sorry I misunderstood. You're right. Many people are unaware of the different varieties of poodles.

21 posted on 12/28/2005 9:47:21 PM PST by Wolfstar ("We must...all hang together or...we shall all hang separately." Benjamin Franklin)
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To: BenLurkin

Beautiful story! Happy dog, happy parents, happpy ending for us dog lovers!


22 posted on 12/29/2005 12:33:45 AM PST by parisa
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To: BenLurkin; Flyer; technochick99; sinkspur; 88keys; DugwayDuke; Severa; RMDupree; ecurbh; ...
Ping!


Other articles with keyword "DOGGIEPING" since 12/29/04

23 posted on 12/29/2005 6:24:18 AM PST by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/ 1,000 knives and counting!)
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To: BenLurkin

Good show. Bless those train workers for their kindness and generosity!


24 posted on 12/29/2005 6:32:31 AM PST by Titan Magroyne (Suicide Bomb Instructor: "Now pay attention, I'm only gonna do this once...")
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To: calex59
Actually, the miniatures are pretty tough, too. I know a lady who uses her mini for search and rescue.

I've got a toy, and she's scrappy and smart, but it's pretty clear that she was definitely bred to be a lap dog.

25 posted on 12/29/2005 6:34:38 AM PST by DGray (http://nicanfhilidh.blogspot.com)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Thanks for the ping to a wonderful story!


26 posted on 12/29/2005 6:38:46 AM PST by alwaysconservative (McKinney: a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Ted Kennedy: a waist is a terrible thing to mind.)
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To: BenLurkin

Thank you for posting, great heartwarming story.

MUCH better than the cat in the microwave thread I'm sorry I read that one. :(


27 posted on 12/29/2005 6:42:09 AM PST by WestCoastGal (A jolly type known for a red suit and a red sleigh.!!!!! Merry Christmas)
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To: manwiththehands
Why not a Collie like Lassie?

Our Sheltie pup got lost overnight. Does that count? ;)

(We left a dish of food, water & two vennison bones at the point where we lost him. He was there the next morning but the vennie bones weren't.)

28 posted on 12/29/2005 6:44:24 AM PST by elli1
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To: DGray

Miniatures are wonderful dogs! I searched for a miniature poodle for months and I couldn't located one around here.


29 posted on 12/29/2005 7:01:43 AM PST by Andy'smom
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To: DGray; HairOfTheDog
I want a toy poodle so bad!! I intend to get one when my jedis are both in the "Oh, Mom...stop hugging on me!" phase! There's a reputable breeder in the next town from me, where my folks got their two toys. She's got a good reputation of breeding healthy puppies...show dogs and well-breed but not perfect "pets". They come with all kinds of papers certifying their healthy genes.

'Couse, it costs for that kind of security...my folks plunked down a cool thousand for the two of them. I can't afford half that right now. But someday!

Here I am, holding Pepper on the day my mom picked her (but didn't take her home of course, she wasn't weaned.) She was soooo precious!


30 posted on 12/29/2005 7:09:20 AM PST by 2Jedismom (Expect me when you see me!)
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To: 2Jedismom

Awww, baby puppies are so sweet.


31 posted on 12/29/2005 7:14:09 AM PST by pepperdog
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To: pepperdog

Heh...I gave away a lot of my old baby stuff, but I kept my baby sling so I can someday wear my poodle! LOL!!! My jedis think that's pretty funny.


32 posted on 12/29/2005 7:18:21 AM PST by 2Jedismom (Expect me when you see me!)
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To: calex59
In New Zealand my father in law had a dog that was a cross between the large poodle, water spaniel, and lab. They are breed like that for duck hunting. Quite a dog.
33 posted on 12/29/2005 8:22:20 AM PST by U S Army EOD (LINCOLN COUNTY RED DEVILS STATE CHAMPIONS)
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To: manwiththehands

I'm not sure I understand your post. Could you please explain it to me?


34 posted on 12/29/2005 9:09:49 AM PST by ru4liberty (Ann fan no more)
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To: 2Jedismom
I want a toy poodle so bad!!

I highly recommend them. Better yet, get two! :)

And you might find this interesting:

Dog Intelligence Ranking by Breed

35 posted on 12/29/2005 9:51:03 AM PST by CovenBuster (Bustin' up liberal covens from coast to coast)
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To: CovenBuster

Oh how sweet!

My parents paid a bundle for their two babies...but it's proof that (more than likely) they can continue to afford the best care for them and you know that to a reputable breeder, it's so important.

I'm not in a position financially to provide the very best care for a poodle...much less pay for a well-bred one. Someday I will be, I'm sure...but not now. So I have pet chickens. I give them the best of care, but since there just really isn't too much as far as vet care and such for chickens, when one gets sick, it just dies and that's it. Financially more feasible, in my case. :-)

Still, my chickens have it deluxe, compared to other chickens...warm oatmeal on cold days and warm water. Water with ice in the summer! LOL! Even my meat chickens that I raised solely to butcher had the best 6 weeks any chicken could ask for!

Someday I'm gonna make some poodle a very lucky dog!


36 posted on 12/29/2005 10:40:48 AM PST by 2Jedismom (Expect me when you see me!)
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To: elli1
I'm not much of a dog person, but I love Shelties! Glad he came home safe.
37 posted on 12/29/2005 11:00:11 AM PST by manwiththehands (My Christmas wish: I wish Republicans were running the country.)
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To: calex59
And at least for the standard sized poodle they are extremely intelligent and one of my favorite breeds. But the miniatures I make fun of just for the sake of making fun of a stereotype foo-foo ankle-biting yapper.
38 posted on 12/29/2005 11:05:44 AM PST by manwiththehands (My Christmas wish: I wish Republicans were running the country.)
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To: NoCmpromiz

Railroaders with a heart ping!


39 posted on 12/29/2005 11:22:37 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: 2Jedismom

Thanks for the pic!


40 posted on 12/29/2005 1:06:25 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: calex59

Sent the article to our PR dept (UPRR). He is doing a little research to find out who the employees are. Alway nice to recognize good deeds.


41 posted on 12/29/2005 1:09:58 PM PST by UPcrawfish
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To: BenLurkin

You're welcome! It's a great story!


42 posted on 12/29/2005 5:46:25 PM PST by 2Jedismom (Expect me when you see me!)
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