“When Chloe ran away, she weighed more than 90 pounds. After being pulled off the mountain, and brought back to the Town of Alma, she only weighed 26 pounds.”
An incredible story of canine survival on one of Colorado’s 14ers had a happy ending after a 14-year-old dog was saved by a network of hikers after it ran away from home six weeks prior.
CBS Denver reports Chloe the dog ran away during a routine walk near her Mount Bross home with her owner Larry Osborne and after the fourth week of her being being gone he was beginning to lose hope for his pup.
Five weeks after Chloe ran away, a hiker heard a faint bark along the steep mountainside. Alma resident Trinity Smith saw a post online, saying a dog may be stuck on the mountain and set out to find the missing dog. For two days Trinity scoured the 14er looking for Chloe:
“I started to give up, thinking she hadn’t made it through the night. Then (I heard) that little bark, and the adrenaline started going again.”
Smith and her friend Sean Nichols climbed in the direction of the barking:
“I saw a little head pop up.”
Smith and Nichols found Chloe stuck on the edge of a ledge, surrounded by loose rock on steep terrain, and unable to get down on her own.
“I reached up and got her, and she got on my chest. We just slid down the rocks. She was so light, I could hold her with one arm.”
As soon as they got down they contacted Osborne to let them know they had his long lost dog:
“I just started crying. I couldn’t believe it was (Chloe).With everything going on in the world, there are still good people out there.”
Hats off to Trinity Smith and Sean Nichols for going above and beyond to rescue Chloe. Hope this is a strong reminder that with all the negative stuff going on, we are still a country made up of people like Smith and Nichols. Good bless these two and best wishes to Chloe as she puts her weight back on and spends some warm nights at home with Larry.