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For weeks, residents around Haines Lake in Nova Scotia, Canada had been spotting a black and tan shepherd mix wandering their area. The pup didn’t seem to have an owner, so the locals tried catching her to turn her over to a shelter. Unfortunately, no one seemed to have any luck doing so.

That was until March 14 when the same dog got stranded in the middle of the frozen lake, about 600 meters from shore. A kayaker attempted to rescue her at first. But when it was unsuccessful, lobster fisherman Michael Titus and boat builder Nathaniel Denton decided to spring into action.

The duo boarded a canoe and paddled out to the stranded shepherd mix. However, they realized that she was still 200 feet away from them, and any calls for her to come closer ended in vain. Seeing that their current strategy wasn’t effective, Nathaniel decided to take it a step further and dive into the water.

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He swam to the pup and broke the ice along the way, clearing a path for the canoe to go through. Michael then brought the shepherd mix onboard before making their way safely back to shore. As soon as they docked, they turned her over to a Digby Municipal Dog Control representative, who then brought her to the local shelter.

The shelter staff hoped that someone would claim her within five days, but when no one turned up, they decided to place her for adoption. Fortunately, the so-called “lake dog” didn’t have to wait long to find a new home as Nathaniel and his family immediately expressed interest in adopting her.

His wife, Amanda, said that they had been looking for a new fur member ever since their boxer, Atlas, unexpectedly passed away last January from a suspected aneurysm. Lucky for the Dentons, the shepherd mix, whom they named Maya, quickly warmed up to them when they visited her in the shelter, so her adoption was finalized right away.

The community couldn’t be happier to see the stray dog finally out in the streets and with a doting family. Look at Maya’s adorable first meeting with her new family here.

Courtesy of lakedogmaya

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