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Dog digs himself out of avalanche; turns up at motel 4 days later
Daily Mail ^ | 1-7-12

Posted on 01/07/2012 1:00:33 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic

A dog feared dead after he was swept away in an avalanche that killed his owner turned up four days later at the Montana motel where they had stayed before going backcountry skiing. Search and rescue team member Bill Whittle said he was 'positive' that the Welsh corgi – named Oly – had been buried in Saturday's avalanche and had managed to dig his way out.

'The avalanche guys were up there on Monday investigating and they were looking for the dog too and never seen any signs,' he said.

But on Wednesday afternoon, Oly showed up exhausted and hungry at the motel, four miles from the avalanche site. Robert Weinstein, owner of the Alpine Motel in Cooke City, an old mining town just outside Yellowstone National Park, said in an email to the Associated Press: When I first saw the dog, it was sitting in front of their room staring at the door.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: avalanche; corgis; dog; pets; skieryellowstone

1 posted on 01/07/2012 1:00:47 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Joe 6-pack; SandRat; gorush

Doggie ping alert


2 posted on 01/07/2012 1:07:34 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Amazing story.


3 posted on 01/07/2012 1:08:18 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Aw, what a little champ!! I hope someone adopts him.


4 posted on 01/07/2012 1:09:13 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Anyone opposed to Newt should remember: we're not electing a messiah, we're electing a politician.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Dogs are wonderful creatures.
5 posted on 01/07/2012 1:10:38 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

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6 posted on 01/07/2012 1:17:01 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem. meum)
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To: A_perfect_lady

Pretty sure he went back to his original owner.


7 posted on 01/07/2012 1:17:14 PM PST by mitch5501 (My guitar wants to kill your momma!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

My stupid dog is currently standing across the street looking at me and wont come home. She knows she’s in trouble for getting off her chain and leaving the yard and is too cowardly to face the music.


8 posted on 01/07/2012 1:17:37 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Corgis are great diggers!


9 posted on 01/07/2012 1:18:19 PM PST by rintense
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To: A_perfect_lady

The late skier leaves a wife and daughter. Oly has a home.


10 posted on 01/07/2012 1:18:19 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: mitch5501

Oh, I thought it said his owner died in the avalanche.


11 posted on 01/07/2012 1:18:19 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Anyone opposed to Newt should remember: we're not electing a messiah, we're electing a politician.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That’s good, I’m glad.


12 posted on 01/07/2012 1:19:50 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Anyone opposed to Newt should remember: we're not electing a messiah, we're electing a politician.)
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To: A_perfect_lady

His owner did die in the avalanche, but the owner left a widow and an 11 year old daughter. His last words to his wife were, “Head for the trees!” and she was saved.


13 posted on 01/07/2012 1:21:07 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: A_perfect_lady

His female owner survived the avalanche, her husband did not.


14 posted on 01/07/2012 1:23:15 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: A_perfect_lady

Swept away: Ole's owner Dave Gaillard was killed in the avalanche on New Year's Eve as he and his wife Kerry were backcountry skiing

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2082888/Dead-skiers-dog-survives-killer-avalanche-walking-miles-days-motel-owner-spent-night.html#ixzz1ioEhFrs6

15 posted on 01/07/2012 1:25:01 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Not really understanding back-country skiing with your dog. Was the dog on a sled?


16 posted on 01/07/2012 1:28:07 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Oh, how sad. He looks just like my ex, who was really a nice fellow. Poor wife and kid...


17 posted on 01/07/2012 1:39:02 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Anyone opposed to Newt should remember: we're not electing a messiah, we're electing a politician.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Amazing that Oly with his short legs, dug himself out, and found his way back to the place where his people had been staying!


18 posted on 01/07/2012 1:44:03 PM PST by aldabra
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To: mamelukesabre
My stupid dog is currently standing across the street looking at me and wont come home. She knows she’s in trouble for getting off her chain and leaving the yard and is too cowardly to face the music.

Who's stupid? Your dog isn't likely to want to come home if she faces punishment, or even sharp words.

I had a beagle who kept running off in search of some delightful scent, usually tunneling under my fence to get out. At first she was hard to catch when she did this, but she started wanting to come to me and wanting to stick around because when I saw her I acted joyful and delighted. Dogs are dogs and beagles are beagles, and nothing will stop a hunting hound from chasing scent, but life got a lot simpler when she knew that coming to my call meant pleasure and petting, not scolding.

19 posted on 01/07/2012 2:18:56 PM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: mamelukesabre

The reason he isnt back is because of “the music”. You cant expect any sentient living being to prefer captivity to freedom. If they see a way, they will go. When someone leaves a door open and my pit-boxer gets out, I get in the car and drive away with the door open.
That dog will come from hundreds of yards away and hop in. I drop the clutch, the door closes, I rub his belly and drive him home.


20 posted on 01/07/2012 2:19:23 PM PST by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: mamelukesabre

The reason he isnt back is because of “the music”. You cant expect any sentient living being to prefer captivity to freedom. If they see a way, they will go. When someone leaves a door open and my pit-boxer gets out, I get in the car and drive away with the door open.
That dog will come from hundreds of yards away and hop in. I drop the clutch, the door closes, I rub his belly and drive him home.


21 posted on 01/07/2012 2:19:50 PM PST by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: When do we get liberated?; ottbmare

Whatever.

She’s home now, and properly scolded.


22 posted on 01/07/2012 2:25:14 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: afraidfortherepublic

a widow and an 11 year old daughter. His last words to his wife were, “Head for the trees!” and she was saved.

I would like to know more about how the trees can save you. Could you climb out under 20’ of snow if hanging on to one?


23 posted on 01/07/2012 3:37:13 PM PST by bukkdems (Polygamy is the essential ingredient of Islamic evil.)
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To: bukkdems

I’m guessing that there was a stand of woods that deflected the avalanche, or left voids in the snow. I’m just reporting what the article said. I wasn’t there.


24 posted on 01/07/2012 4:26:13 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: rintense

They sure are. Corgies and terriers were bred in the UK to do just that. They’re called ‘’ratters’’. Dig down into those rat-holes and get that vermin out!


25 posted on 01/07/2012 6:17:18 PM PST by jmacusa
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To: mamelukesabre

Well that’s good. She may have been thinking ‘’OK, I got out but will you come get me?’’ jus’ sayin’.


26 posted on 01/07/2012 6:19:35 PM PST by jmacusa
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