For my entire life, my family has always owned a dog, and I’ve always loved that dog. While I’ve had to deal with dogs dying, I’ve never had to deal with a dog running away. I don’t know how I would handle that, not knowing where it was, if it was safe, or if it was even alive. I must imagine that after my dog missing for four months, I would assume, unfortunately, that it’s gone for good. The case of Russ, a pit bull mix, however, is a bit different.
Tahoe PAWS & TLC 4 Furry Friends posted this heartwarming story on their Facebook on January 4th. Russ went missing in August after running away from his owner during the Caldor fire, and though the owner searched as much as possible, he was unable to locate the dog before being forced to evacuate.
On December 16th, however, director of Tahoe PAWS Wendy Jones learned of a Facebook post about a dog stuck in the deep snow, unable to move and not entirely friendly to the people around it. Jones was able to gather volunteers to conduct their own search to find and rescue the dog.
Russ was found, not moving, under a tree on the side of a mountain. Fortunately, he was able to life his head and look around. The dog was transported down the mountain on a sled, where he was sent to a veterinarian, and a microchip in the dog was able to allow Russ to be reunited with his owner, four months after he disappeared.
Image Credit: Tahoe PAWS & TLC 4 Furry Friends