PublishedJanuary 14, 2022, 5:37 PM
An American who no longer hoped to find his faithful companion was treated to a miraculous outcome, four months after his disappearance.
A small miracle happened in the cold of the Californian mountains last month. On December 16, a skier was off-trailing near Twin Peaks when he came across a visibly distressed dog under 1.5 meters of snow. “He was apparently unable to move, and he growled when people looked at him,” said the association TLC 4 Furry Friends & Tahoe Paws on Facebook. With the location difficult to access, local authorities called the animal rescue group for help, according to KTVU.
During a laborious rescue operation, the good Samaritans were finally able to gain access to the animal, which was no longer moving but was very much alive. “The volunteers were delighted when he opened his eyes and raised his head,” explains the association. Carefully, the rescue team slowly descended the mountain, in the dark and the cold. Once in the plain, the animal was entrusted to the good care of a veterinarian. Thanks to a microchip, the authorities were able to find the owner of the animal, who had lost track of him in August.
Last summer, the man was in the Tahoe area for a temporary job. He was one of tens of thousands of people who had to evacuate the area due to a devastating wildfire. Frightened, the animal named Russ jumped out of his owner’s vehicle and passed out in the wild. The man reported his four-legged companion missing, but all hope of finding him seemed extinguished. “It was assumed that Russ was dead for good”, explains the association. Suffice to say that the reunion between the dog and his master must have been poignant.
“The most important thing for everyone to take away from this is to never give up. People give up too quickly. The dogs are strong, smart, and are survivors,” concludes Wendy Jones, director of TLC 4 Furry Friends & Tahoe PAWS.