the Miracle Dog lived five years after plummeting three
stories off an opening drawbridge. People were so taken
with her story that Brickell had a Facebook page,
adopted families and a doggie brother named Smokey.
became her survivors Friday when Brickell, a mixed
terrier, died after a month-long illness of still
undetermined origin. Also unknown was her actual age.
Dardati, Brickell’s latest parent, said exploratory
surgery last week showed a leaky gall bladder, which
doctors removed with Brickell’s spleen. Whether or not
those problems came from cancer became a secondary
concern to Brickell’s inability to eat without
throwing up — even with anti-vomiting medication.
can feel an emptiness," said Dardati, of her Coral
Gables home she shares with her parents.
got her name and a new life after David Bernstein
refused to give up trying to save her in 2012. Bernstein
saw the dog in a pale red sweater walking across the
Brickell Avenue drawbridge as it opened over the Miami
River. Just before Bernstein got within reach, the dog
plunged over the edge.
a sleepless night with his German Shepherd, Bernstein
returned to the drawbridge the next day and eventually
found Brickell. Her survival of the 30-foot fall came
free of broken bones.
Brickell was adopted by Jim Doten, Dardati’s friend
and neighbor. When the well-traveled Doten went into the
hospital early in 2016, Dardati said, he asked Dardati
to look after Brickell and Smokey as she’d done so
many times before.
never returned home. After his death from cancer,
Dardati got his family’s consent to keep the dogs.
only did the dogs keep up their regular routine, but,
Dardati said, "It was a way to honor him."
and her parents grew attached to the pair with opposite
sweet. Very calm," Dardati said of Brickell.
"Smokey would jump all over you while she would be
very polite and friendly, try to kiss you if you leaned
noticed during walks that while Smokey moved at a brisk
pace, Brickell ambled to absorb the walk’s sensual
delights. She thinks that might be an indication
Brickell was older than the estimated four years when
Bernstein rescued her.
Facebook page passing post closed with words from
Bernstein: "She was a little angel and will always
hold a special place in our hearts. We gave her a whole
new lease on life and she lived well. I will forever be
grateful for the whole experience. I will forever be
able to Google Brickell and see the miracle that we all
were blessed with five years ago. May she pass over the