Monica Newhard never expected to see her bichon frise Zoey again.
Her brother was looking after the four-kilogram pooch Tuesday at her home on the banks of the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania. Thatâs when an eagle swooped out of the sky and snatched Zoey up in its talons.
âHe said, you know, for a moment or two, it was a beautifulÂ sight. For those two seconds, it was like wow, thatâs beautiful,â NewhardÂ toldÂ As It HappensÂ host Carol Off.
âBut then he realized all of sudden, oh my god, it has Zoey.â
Newhardâs brother drove around for an hour, frantically looking for any sign of the furry white creature. Eventually, he gave up and called his sister to break the news.
Lost all hope
NewhardÂ said she was heartbroken Â not just for Zoey, but for her granddaughter HelenÂ who is particularly fond of the seven-year-old family pet.
âI cried for my granddaughter as much as [for]Â ZoeyÂ because I didnât know how Helen was going to be withoutÂ Zoey,â she said.
âI called my husband and my son and we devised a plan of searching Â not for a live puppy, but for the remains.â
Little did they know their bittyÂ bichonÂ would be found later that afternoon Â six kilometres away.
ZoeyâsÂ rescuer wasÂ Christina Hartman, 51, who saidÂ she was driving on a snow-covered back road when she spotted a furry white lump ahead and pulled over to investigate.
âI notice this little frozen dog, icicles hanging from all over. It could hardly move,â Hartman told the Associated Press.
She scooped up the whimpering pooch, wrapped her in a blanket and took her home, feeding the dog two bowls of chicken-and-rice soup. Gradually, theÂ bichonÂ warmed up.
âThis dog belongs to a family, and Iâm gonna find out who owns it,â Hartman said she told herself.
It didnât take long. She spottedÂ NewhardâsÂ public Facebook postÂ Wednesday morning and gave her a call.
âI said, âItâs a miracle! I have your dog!ââ
âMore than it could chewâ
ZoeyÂ had bruises and a few missing patches of fur, but was otherwise in good health.
âWe cried and we went there and we were hugging Christina. We were huggingÂ Zoey,â Newhard said. âZoeyÂ was happy to see us. It was, oh my god, it was like a dream come true for us.â
Itâs not clear how far the eagle might have carried the dog before it set out on its own.
âMy guess is the eagle probably didnât realize it had bitten off more than it could chew,â Newhard said.
Zoey, meanwhile, is recovering well Â butÂ NewhardÂ said sheâs definitely been affected by the ordeal.
âShe doesnât want to go outside and I kind of donât blame her.â