A blind dog, returned to her owner after she went missing for nearly two weeks, is back to being warm and well fed. The 11-year-old Labrador Retriever wandered from her normal surroundings during one of the coldest times of the year. FOX News reports that Madera went missing from her home on February 6. At that time, temperatures were 40 degrees below zero.
Madera typically wants back inside the house after she goes out to relieve herself, but for some reason she didn’t return this time. Madera’s owner, Ed Davis, tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that his “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.” He simply didn’t believe his dog could survive the insufferable frigid temperatures, not to mention the fact she can’t see to begin with.
Fortunately, Davis didn’t have to stumble across a frozen dog. Madera was very lucky when she was actually in the right place at the right time.
The blind dog that was returned to her owner let out a cry when she heard a bell from a cyclist’s dog ring. The man riding the bike discovered Madera in a wooded area about a half-mile from Davis’ home. She was under a tree, probably unsure about how to get back home.
Madera’s rescuer — Constantine Khrulev — didn’t want the reward money. Instead, he requested that the $100 be donated the Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund. Davis was so impressed by Khrulev’s charitable and selfless request, that he donated $250 to the shelter.
The blind dog’s owner says she lost 14 pounds while she was away, but is healthy overall. According to the report, Madera is blind due to an autoimmune disease.
Madera was in an area where she wouldn’t have been discovered by accident, Davis says. Ironically, she was in the right place at the right time in this instance.
It’s unknown where all the dog ventured to during her absence.
As the report continues, this isn’t the only incident in which a blind dog was returned to its owner in Faibanks. As the Inquistir wrote in 2012, another blind dog by the name of Abby walked over 10 miles from her home in Two River before she was rescued.
This story about a blind dog returned to her owner after disappearing in freezing temperatures is one of those heartwarming headlines that has a good ending to it.
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