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South Fla. dog rescued after swimming 9 miles

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Posted at 7:15 AM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 07:15:46-04

(NBC Miami) A South Florida dog went on quite a journey Monday.

A 14-year-old black Lab named Fergie swam about 9 miles between Coral Gables and Biscayne Bay.

Fergie's owner says the dog likely had separation anxiety and entered the water near their home in hopes of finding her owner.

She was actually spotted by a resident who called 911 to report the middle-aged dog swimming in the middle of the bay.  Miami Fire Rescue quickly headed to the scene to help.

"They just left the house for two hours or so and didn't realize that the dog was able to get out of the house.  It jumped into the water thinking it was going to find its owners out there," said Miami Fire Rescue. Lt. Ignatius Carroll.

Two people who also saw the dog jumped into the water to try and help.

Fergie was rescued in Biscayne Bay in the Edgewater area of Miami, which is an average of 9 miles from her home.

Her owners said their pet loves to swim, but usually with the family. 

Miami Fire Rescue said as soon as Fergie saw their rescue boat, she started swimming directly toward them. She was later happily reunited with her owners.

Courtesy of our news partner at NBC Miami