alaska's tough brick refuses to sink

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    February 27, 2004

    A Labrador retriever has been found alive on an isolated cove of an Alaskan island more than a month after its owner was given up for dead when his boat sank in rough seas.

    Two local fishermen found the dog named Brick on Heceta Island, several kilometres from the accident scene. The men had known the dog's owner, whose boat sank late last month.

    The dog swam to the men's boat and was hauled aboard - underweight, with an injured leg, fur matted with treesap, but wiggling with joy, according to friends of the fishermen.

    The discovery of the eight-year-old dog last week shocked the close-knit rainforest community of mariners and loggers, who had given up hope of finding Greg Clark, 48.

    "I was blown away," said John Pugh, a friend, who has custody of the animal.

    Mr Clark was lost after his 9.6-metre boat broke apart on January 22 on rocks among a cluster of islands in the 6.8 million-hectare Tongass National Forest.

    - AP
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