A blind dog was returned to her owner after spending two weeks in the freezing cold temperatures on the streets of Alaska. According to Fox News, the 11-year-old Labrador retriever named Madera didn’t come back home after going out to do her business. Her owner, Ed Davis, couldn’t help but fear the worst as temperatures were way below zero… like by 40 degrees.
“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,” Davis said.
The blind dog was returned to her owner after being found about a half mile away from her home. She lost a bit of weight, but was otherwise healthy and seemed happy to be back with her human. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, it is unclear how far away from home Madera may have gotten over the course of two weeks. Blind from an autoimmune disease, it’s possible that Madera didn’t wander, but for some reason she just couldn’t get back home, so she stayed relatively close by.
Although dogs go missing quite frequently, it’s hard to imagine a pup being outside in the bitter cold winter without food or water for an extended period of time. Of course, Davis knows that he is very lucky that Madera was found safe and sound as are several other people who are lucky enough to have their dogs back home after such frightening ordeals.
The man who returned the blind dog to her owner was Constantine Khrulev. He was on a bike when he saw the dog, who had taken refuge under a tree. According to reports, Madera responded to the bell on the man’s bike, letting out a cry for help. Fortunately Khrulev was able to see the dog in the woods, and he did not hesitate when it came to approaching her. If it wasn’t for him, there is a chance that this story wouldn’t have such a happy ending.
Khrulev requested that the $100 reward be given to the Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund. According to Christian Today, Davis was so touched by this gesture that he more than doubled the reward when he donated.
“Davis said that Khrulev’s extra effort to find the ailing Madera made all the difference, because the blind dog ‘was not going to be found accidentally.'”
[Photo courtesy of AP via Fox News]