Persistence Saves a Dog Missing 6 Weeks
A social media campaign was launched, posters hung, and foot searches coordinated. Searchers took shifts scouring the area around nearby Mount Bross, a 14,172-foot peak rising high above the town – all in a desperate effort to find the sweet, 90-pound dog.
Six long weeks passed. Snow began to fall. The couple had a very difficult talk with their seven-year-old child to break the news that the dog probably would be gone forever.
They hiked out to one of her favorite spots, stacked a pile of rocks in memorial and said goodbye. “I accepted what I thought was fate,” Osborne says, “and thought no way could anything survive that — malnourished, cold, lost.”
On the 20th of September, a 28-year-old woman, Trinity Smith, an avid hiker, was reading online forums of hikers in the area. One posting caught her eye of someone hearing a dog barking atop a summit.
Having rescued several animals in peril in the past, the next morning she hiked to the area to check it out. She heard nothing and decided to turn back. That’s when she heard the barking for herself.
She quickly called for anyone to help and a man came with ropes. But darkness fell and they had to wait til morning to trek the dangerous, rocky slopes.
Her boyfriend, Sean Nichols, showed up to help. In the morning they headed up Mount Bross. For over three hours, they heard nothing but their own voices.
Sorrowful, Smith sat down and cried.
“I didn’t know if I was crazy or, if I gave up, we would be leaving a dog up there,” she says. “I was crying in hopes the dog would let out one more bark.”
And the dog did. Nichols ran up the rocky terrain and saw Chloe’s head poke out. She was in a perilous situation.
They brought her down the summit to a store in town only to have the store owners recognize her as the missing dog from 6 weeks earlier.
She was emaciated, dehydrated, and weighed only 26 pounds when they got her home, but the old girl was reunited with her family and is now putting on weight and recovering at home.