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'It's a miracle:' Toronto dog survives being hit by GO train

Train operator suspects Luna's backpack may have helped save her life.

Ayla Reznick poses with her dog Luna. The two-year-old pooch survived after being hit by a GO train on Dec. 7.

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Ayla Reznick poses with her dog Luna. The two-year-old pooch survived after being hit by a GO train on Dec. 7.

Luna the dog is dog-gone lucky.

The precocious pup, an Australian Shepherd-Border Collie mix, was struck by a GO train Dec. 7 on the Lakeshore West line. Despite being pulled under the train, she survived unscathed.

“It’s a miracle,” Luna’s owner, Ayla Reznick, said. “I can’t even imagine my life without Luna right now.”

Luna slipped her leash while out for a walk in Parkdale. The dog walker tried to pursue her, Reznick said, but the pooch bolted.

Aided by members of the Lost and Found Pets of Ontario Facebook group, Reznick scoured the neighbourhood but didn’t find Luna.

“I was just trying to stay positive. I knew if I cried, I would consume my energy and not be able to search,” she said.

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Luna eventually returned home on her own, and aside from a few mysterious scrapes and bruises, she was no worse for wear. She was given a clean bill of health from the vet the following day, Reznick said.

It wasn’t until later that Reznick learned Luna’s brief adventure nearly cost the dog her life.

A GO train operator named Jonathan Podzyhun reached out to her on Facebook, saying he was on board when the train struck a dog matching Luna’s description. He was certain the dog had died.

“He was shocked and amazed that she was alright,” Reznick said.

According to Reznick, Podzyhun told her the newer GO trains are a bit higher than older models, which could explain how Luna escaped harm. He also suspected a backpack the dog was wearing may have protected her.

Podzyhun was so impressed by Luna’s luck, that he arranged to meet Reznick and the dog on Wednesday. He stopped by Reznick’s apartment, dog treats in hand, and gave Luna some cuddles.

“It was super nice of him to try and contact us,” Reznick said. “He’s so generous.”

As for Luna, her brush with mortality hasn’t dampened her playful spirits.

“She just happy to be home, and she wishes all the other dog owners out there will give their pets lots of treats and hugs for the holidays,” Reznick said. 

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