Outside Online magazine had an article about 2 hikers that found an injured 100-lb German Shepherd up on Mt. Bierstadt last week. She wasn't able to walk and was too heavy for the hikers to carry her down, so they asked for help on 14ers.com. The second volunteer search party of 8 people found her, loaded her into a backpack, and carried her down the mountain in crappy weather to a vet. She's in good shape and will be fine. I loved this photo, though, so I thought I would share it here. Her name is Missy.
Evidently, her owner and a teenager took her up there, and she ended up injuring her paws to the point where she could no longer walk on them. He says they tried to carry her down, but due to incoming weather, fatigue, and blisters, they had to abandon her and get off the mountain themselves. He did not go back to get her, send anyone to get her, or even check on her condition. So, she was up there for 8 days before being rescued by 8 strangers who set out with the express purpose of getting her to safety.
The owner got wind of what happened, went on 14ers.com to explain why he left her, offer gushing gratitude to the rescuers, and ask for his dog back. Well, it probably goes without saying that pandemonium ensued on the thread, and it was locked down after a mere 46 pages! The owner has now been charged with Cruelty to Animals by the local D.A. Anyway, if anyone wants to read all about it, just search this title at 14ers.com. I don't want to start the spat here, since it's been more than exhaustively covered over there.
I did want to share the picture, though, since it's one of the coolest images I've seen in a long time, and it's a great testimony to the good things that communities such as this one, 14ers.com and the like can accomplish when they set their collective minds to it. Many, many Kudos to those risked their own safety to save a dog none of them knew.