In a near-miraculous recovery, a dog that was on a boat that sank in Richardson Bay during Thursday’s storm swam a mile to shore, walked to a church she had visited with her animal guardian and was reunited with him in an emotional meeting two days later.
Daisy, a brown and white pit bull belonging to Sausalito resident Stephen Alioto, was reunited with Alioto Saturday morning at the Marin Humane Society after a chain of events that ranks as, at the very least, improbable, not to mention heartwarming.
“My neighbor told me there was a soaking wet, shivering dog crouched in the church doorway around 7:30 a.m. Thursday,” said the Rev. Paul Mowry of the Sausalito Presbyterian Church. “Initially, I thought she was just a lost dog.”
Steve Alioto, left, is reunited with his dog Daisy with the help of Pastor Paul Moury of Sausalito Presbyterian Church, who is also the police chaplain. Alioto thought Daisy drowned when their boat sank last week in Richardson Bay. (Courtesy Marin Humane Society)
The pastor notified Sausalito police and the Marin Humane Society, who sent an officer to scan Daisy’s microchip. The chip yielded two phone numbers.
“I tried the secondary number a couple of times and got somebody who said the dog, Daisy, had been given away to a good friend, Steve. And we (the church) have a Steve who comes to our free lunches on Wednesday,” Mowry said. “He lived on the boat with Daisy.”