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Lake rescue in New York a doggone coincidence

Amanda Holt Miller

Two Rifle dogs survived their first big-city disaster Wednesday when they were fished out of a frozen lake in New York City’s Central Park.Harry and Madeline, Michelle Fracasso’s flat-coat and golden-retriever mix dogs, moved from Fracasso’s 40-acre Rifle ranch in January and were having trouble adjusting to their new 400-square-foot apartment. Because of their longing for fresh air, she’s been taking the dogs for long walks through Central Park on a regular basis, Fracasso said.”They miss Rifle and all the rivers and open spaces and the ducks,” Fracasso said.Ducks are, in fact, what got the canines into trouble on Wednesday. After they chased a duck onto the frozen lake, the two pooches broke through the thin ice. What makes the saga coincidental is the man who waded through icy water to rescue the dogs is from Colorado, Fracasso said, though as of press time she didn’t have his name. Not only that, but the rescuer is a volunteer working on The Gates, an art project by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, currently being installed in Central Park. Christo and Jeanne-Claude are famous for covering architectural wonders with fabric. In 1972, the two strung a gigantic orange curtain, called the Valley Curtain, across Rifle Gap. The Gates project in New York, which involves arches and yellow cloth stationed for miles throughout Central Park, has been in the works for more than 10 years, and is just now coming to fruition. When they lived in Colorado, Harry and Madeline’s favorite hiking trail in Rifle was in the Hogback Mountain area, where the Valley Curtain hung.Contact Amanda Holt Miller: 625-3245, ext. 103ahmiller@postindependent.com


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