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NEW ORLEANS -- A dog rescued out of the 17th Street Canal by Good Samaritans visited her old owner who had to give her up after undergoing a tragedy in 2011.

Originally named Dede -- short for Ditch Dog -- she was adopted by Scott Hoppmeyer in Metairie after he saw our story. He renamed her Gracie, short for Amazing Grace.

But while training for an Ironman Triathlon, he had a bike accident and broke his neck. She had to go back to a temporary home at Zeus's Place.

But a New Orleans man who now lives in West Des Moines, Iowa, adopted her months ago, and while visiting for Mardi Gras he brought Gracie to visit Hoppmeyer.

'I've had a real spiritual uplifting since I met Scott and Grace, and I decided I had to bring her down to see him and all the other people who love her the people who rescued her,' said Kim Niles, Gracie's new owner.

Hoppmeyer said he stays in contact with Niles and his new pooch.

'The great thing is that Kim has kept in touch with me and he sends me a lot of pictures of her,' Hoppmeyer said.

Gracie is not fond of the snow, so her new owner made sweat shirts to keep her warm.

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