Most dogs know how to find their way back to their home if they get lost. But if they are affected by blindness or are really old this might be too challenging for them. This was the case of blind dog how got lost from its ts Alaska home during one of the coldest weeks of this winter and was finally brought back to his rightful owner.
Madera is an 11-year-old Labrador retriever who wandered far from its home on Feb. 6 when the temperatures dropped to 40 degrees under zero. According to its owner, Ed Davis, quoted by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the female Labrador retriever normally returns to the house after doing its needs outside, but on that specific day this did not happen. Davis said that at that point his hopes of finding the dog were very low.
“My best hope was to walk those trails and look for a track that might be hers. My best hope was to find a frozen dog.”
Luckily, a man riding a bicycle discovered Madera in the forested areas a week ago, a half-mile from Davis’ home. Madera let out a cry when she heard the man ringing a bell.
The man who saved her, Constantine Khrulev, requested that the $100 reward to go to the Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund. Davis was so inspired by his decision that he raised the sum to $250.
According to Davis Madera lost 14 pounds during its wondering week, but was generally sound. The female Labrador is totally blind due to an immune system illness.
This isn’t the only story of a lost, visually impaired dog to have a happy ending in Fairbanks. Another blind 8-year-old puppy named Abby strolled more than 10 miles in 2012 from her home in the Two River region before she was found.
Constantine Khrulev was on a trail around a half mile away from Davis’ home with his own puppy. Khrulev’s pet was wearing a bell and when Madena heard it ring, she let out a boisterous cry.
After wandering around 100 yards off the trail, Khrulev discovered Madera under a tree, an area where she had no chances of being found by accident , as per Davis.
But this story ended up well and the dog got lucky and is now safely in his home with its loving owner.
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