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Blind dog lost in storm reunited with owners (Alaska)
UK Telegraph ^ | December 27, 2012

Posted on 12/27/2012 3:51:49 PM PST by Hojczyk

A blind dog that became lost in a snowstorm in Alaska has found its way home in what its owners are calling a Christmas miracle.

Abby, an eight-year-old mixed breed dog, went missing in bad weather in the town of Fairbanks.

While her owners assumed they would never see the dog again, it survived temperatures of -40C and travelled 10 miles before being taken in by a local vet.

"It's a miracle, there's no other words to describe it," said McKenzie Grapengeter, Abby's owner. "We never expected to have her to be returned safe and alive."

Musher and vet Mark May said he came across the dog while running his team on Dec 19, but didn't stop to pick it up.

"It ran with us for about a mile on the way home before she fell off the pace, but I had a big dog team so I couldn't grab it," he said. "I said, 'boy I hope it finds somebody's house.'"

The next day, the dog turned up at Mr May's house.

"Everybody just assumed it was some kind of scaredy-cat, but there it was in front of the door in our dog lot and it was blind," Mr May said. "It was sitting there, all the way from 14 mile on the winter trail down into this neighborhood, I guess by just sniffing, so I picked it up and brought it in."

To Mr May's surprise, the dog had no signs of frostbite. "No frozen ears, no frozen toes, she'll probably go back home and it'll (be) business as usual. She's no worse for wear but quite an adventure," he said.

"We're so, so grateful for all (the community's) hard work," McKenzie Grapengeter said. "They've given us the most amazing Christmas gift we could ever ask for."

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TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals

1 posted on 12/27/2012 3:51:52 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Joe 6-pack


2 posted on 12/27/2012 3:54:54 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Hojczyk

Blind dog walks for miles through snowstorms and subzero temperatures. Meanwhile, America pays millions of people “disability” checks, because they claim they can’t work because of a sore wrist, or poor attention span.

People had better pray that Darwinian evolution is incorrect, otherwise, we’re on the way out people.

3 posted on 12/27/2012 4:07:29 PM PST by Boogieman
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I need to read good stories like this......

4 posted on 12/27/2012 4:30:19 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: Hojczyk
Good stories should always include pictures...

5 posted on 12/27/2012 5:24:12 PM PST by Baynative
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To: Hot Tabasco

Another dog story from Fairbanks, hopefully this one will have a good ending as well.

A big thumbs up to Alaska Airlines who put Thor in cabin instead of cargo on his way to treatment in Sacramento CA.

6 posted on 12/27/2012 10:18:00 PM PST by chrisinoc
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7 posted on 12/28/2012 5:21:53 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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Thanks for the ping.

8 posted on 12/28/2012 8:00:58 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Hojczyk

Having had the luck of owning a couple of dogs that were blind, I must say that there is nothing so humbling and simultaneously rewarding as having a critter that trusts you without question, and will run with abandon on lead beside you, trusting that you will keep them from harm.

9 posted on 12/28/2012 10:45:53 PM PST by Don W (There is no gun problem, there is a lack of humanity problem!)
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To: Don W

Isn’t it the truth? I heard about Mia for 3 months before I met her & was sure she would break my heart every day. I met her by accident when meeting a couple of potential fosters & fell madly in love. She is a marvel! And my little hero. I’m very honored to be loved by her. (She tolerates hubby IF he gives her treats, which he always does, & embarrasses me to death when someone else wants to pet her- she jerks her pretty head away like “YOU’RE not my mommy!”) Heh. I’m the one who has to keep up with *her*.

I don’t know how people can accept that a pet is lost. I would drop dead looking for them before I gave up. (Of course, having dogs, I wouldn’t let them get lost in the first place)

Speaking of lost dogs, here is a review comparing the Garmin GPS collars with TAGG collars

10 posted on 12/29/2012 4:25:27 PM PST by KGeorge
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