Sunday, March 04, 2012

Lost Dog Is Found

Here is an amazing story of a 4 year old Shetland Sheepdog that survived a car crash in Nevada, then ran away, only to be found 53 days after surviving in the wild. The dog apparently lived on roadkill and scattered sources of ranch water. There were a number of sightings of her dog during that time. And the dog was found 5 miles from the accident site.

The normal body weight of a Sheltie is between 10 to 30 pounds. This dog started out at 44 pounds and weighed 20 pounds when found. I'm guessing here, but I bet he started out a bit plump, which might have just saved his life.

When he was positively located, he kept running away from the rescuers. This is normal for a lost dog. Someone finally cornered and grabbed him.

Witnesses said they saw him eating a dead coyote (roadkill) and the veterinarian pulled a bird bone out of his throat.

After a trauma like this, it is a good idea to hire a dog behaviorist. Just because he is home doesn't mean he is 100% well again.

I'm happy for him, and I'm happy for his owner... she never gave up on him. I do wonder if the dog would have survived if he had been buckled into a seat... the story doesn't reveal those details, but it would be useful to know.

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