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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Clutching two, dropping four," April 23, 2011

Canine survivor

If every dog has its day, Lola finally had hers in March. Terisa Acevedo of Boston thought the fire that had burned down the multi-family structure she lived in had also taken the life of her little long-haired Dachshund, Lola. But when a month after the fire Acevedo returned to pick up belongings from the scorched building, she made a startling discovery. A scratching sound wasn't a raccoon that had moved into the wreckage; it was Lola, who had not only survived the fire but also found a way to survive being all alone in the condemned building for a month. Acevedo's veterinarian speculated that Lola survived the ordeal by drinking toilet water.

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