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Gymnast Aly Raisman reunites with dog, who fled amid fireworks

Six-time Olympic medalist hails rescuers as ‘heroes,’ a week after Mylo ran off

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman listens to testimony during a US Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing in Washington, July 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman listens to testimony during a US Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing in Washington, July 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

BOSTON — American Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman was reunited with her beloved dog Mylo, a week after he ran off after being spooked by fireworks in Boston.

Raisman announced Mylo’s return in a tweet Friday night, six days after she reported the 35-pound (16-kilogram) brown dog was missing.

“HEROES!!!! MYLO IS SAFE. I HAVE HIM,” Raisman wrote on Twitter, adding a photo showing Raisman and Mylo flanked by his rescuers: two people Raisman named as Carla and Gayle, along with their dog.

Raisman said she would share more details of Mylo’s misadventures later after spending some quality time with her canine companion.

“The people who found him could not have been nicer and dog lovers. They’re such good people,” Raisman told CBS’s WBZ-TV, which named the rescuers as Carla Duran and Gayle Cataldo.

It said the pair’s dog had spotted Mylo and gone to greet him at a construction site, with Cataldo climbing a fence to reach them before realizing it was Raisman’s dog.

“My dad got a call from a young girl, and she said, ‘I have your dog.’ And usually when people say that, they have been kind of like scamming us, or they want a reward, or they like don’t really have the dog,” Raisman told the network.

“And so my dad was like, ‘Ok, just FaceTime us to make sure it’s really the dog.’ And usually when that happens, people have been hanging up or they’ll say, ‘Oh yeah, I’ll FaceTime you’ or ‘I’ll send a photo’ and they never do. So they started FaceTiming my parents, and my parents were shocked, and they were so excited. They answered the FaceTime, and there Mylo was. And my mom called me hyperventilating, hysterically crying.”

After she drove over, “he was jumping on me, and obviously so excited to see me. And I was so excited to see him. So I was just holding onto the leash really tight. I feel so relieved today. I feel so happy, it doesn’t feel real.”

A six-time Olympic medalist, Raisman is a Massachusetts native who served as captain for both the 2012 and 2016 US women’s Olympic gymnastics teams.

She is also a bestselling author and a survivor of sexual abuse.

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