Human beings are not the only ones to get lost in the wilderness, plenty of pets leave their homes, sometimes never to return! Like a lost puppy in a national park.
Two weeks ago while on a hike with a friend through Shenandoah National Park, Kelly McDuffie, Tampa, Florida, came across a surprising find. There on the trail was Max, a lost puppy who went missing in the park over 11 days ago!
Max had gone missing on the 4th of July, many had feared he was already dead due to the extreme heat in the area. But no one told Max that, he seemed to know just what to do by always remaining in the shade under the shelter of the trees.
Kelly and her friend knew it was the lost pup right away as flyers had been posted on all the buildings near the trail’s entrance. Both were over the moon at locating him, however, he appeared to have hurt one of his legs!
He growled in pain when the pair of friends attempted a rescue, this didn’t help matters as Kelly has a deep-rooted fear of dogs.
Kelly though was made of stern stuff, she wasn’t about to leave the lost puppy alone in the woods again. She fed him some boiled eggs, an energy bar and he had lots of water to drink. Soon he cheered up.
In a Facebook post McDuffie explained, “I really wanted to do a waterfall hike but Danny insisted on the Stony Man hike due to its historical significance. We got a late start so about halfway through it started getting hot. I sarcastically said that if we were on a waterfall hike I could wet my bandana to cool off. About a minute later we heard water. There, out of nowhere, was a spring! We went off the trail to the spring, then Danny saw some ripe blackberries, so we went a little further to pick them. Then Danny exclaimed ‘There’s a dog!’”
Next, the duo had to figure out a way to get Max to safety with his injured leg. Thankfully, the duo found cell service nearby and were able to call for help.
“Max was a little skeptical of the rangers at first, but he trusted us to help him. They decided to load him onto a stretcher for easier transport and in case he was injured,” she added.
McDuffie added to her post that Max’s family reached out the next day to give her an update on his health.
“Max is good,” the family wrote. “His legs were fine but his back legs were weak from too much exercise. His paws are scratched up. He has a low-grade fever, but other than that, he’s perfect!”
The family even offered a reward for finding Max, but McDuffie said helping the dog was reward enough.