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Olympic gold medallist reunited with rescue pup who went missing

The dog went missing after being terrified by Fourth of July fireworks

Leila Marshall

Posted 44h ago

(Image: @alyraisman/Instagram)

By Leila Marshall

Olympic gold medallist Aly Raisman has been reunited with her rescue dog almost a week after he ran away, having been frightened by fireworks near their home. 

The American gymnast’s dog Mylo ran off during the Fourth of July fireworks celebrating Independence Day in the USA. 

Aly took to Instagram to share a post celebrating the fantastic news that they had been reunited. With a photo of the two women who helped track down the pup, she wrote: “HEROES. I HAVE HIM. MYLO IS SAFE. THANK YOU Carla, Gayle & her sweet dog. Will share more soon but for now going to snuggle with my everything.” 

The one-year-old pup was rescued by Aly during lockdown last year from a shelter in Rhode Island in the USA. 

Aly shared a beautiful photo of the puppy last year on Instagram when she wrote: “Mylo is very sweet & loving & as each moment goes by he gets a little more confident & comfortable.” 

Aly was reunited with Mylo thanks to these women who helped track him down (Image: @allyraisman/Instagram)

The shelter from where she adopted the pup did not know his mix or his mum or dad. 

When Mylo escaped on July 4, the Olympian took to Twitter to thank her followers for their support in finding him. She also asked for people to not shout his name or run around looking for him, as he was terrified. Aly worked with non-profit organisation Missing Dogs Mass who track down dogs to search for him and hand out flyers.  

On July 8 she Tweeted, “I hope so. I’m devastated. Mylo is my everything. I feel like a piece of me is missing,” in response to a follower who assured her she would find him. 

Aly, born in Massachusetts, won six Olympic medals as captain for both the 2012 and 2016 US women’s gymnastics teams. 

Two days after her Tweet, a miracle happened and Aly was reunited with Mylo. She wrote on Twitter: “I hope I can help others the way that you all have helped me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I will never forget your kindness.” 

Unfortunately, in the USA, more pets go missing on July 4 than at any other time of year, reports the ASPCA, which says July 5 is the busiest day for people bringing stray animals to US pet shelters. The organisation estimates that there is a 30 per cent increase in lost pets around July 4 every year.