Dog found with its owner after getting lost in the snow for 1 week
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A dog has been reunited with its owner after being lost in the snowy Montana landscape for an entire week.
Roger Jacobs, 68, of Shepherd, MT, had raised his dog, Salty, 7, since she was a puppy and even trained her to go hunting with him, according to SWNS. But when the latch on Jacobs’ door was unlocked on December 22, Salty fled in an unusual way.
Jacobs’ daughter Becky Anderson, 42, told SWNS that with Salty’s absence, the Christmas holidays were “a little less bright.”
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“We spent the day and night driving around looking for him, trying to track his footprints in the snow,” Anderson said. “At first we thought she was chasing a deer, then she disappeared – as my father would describe it, ‘he had a bullet in his stomach’.”
About a week after his escape, on December 29, a family friend called Anderson to tell him he thought he saw Salty across the Yellowstone River.
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“I did my best not to hope too much, especially considering that Salty had been gone for a week in subzero temperatures,” Anderson said. Even still, she drove to see if it really was her.
“When we pulled to a stop, the three of us got out of the car jumping up and down,” Anderson said. “With just one look, we knew it was her.”
Anderson also filmed the moment Salty and Jacobs were reunited after the family friend let the dog out of his car.
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“My dad would blow his whistle until he could see her,” Anderson said. “You can see him put his phone back in his pocket, put on his gloves and fall to his knees with tears of joy.”
According to SWNS, Salty had an injury to her front leg and ice between her toes, but otherwise she appears to be fine.
“The injury on her leg is healing well and she has returned to her normal lifestyle,” Anderson said. “She lost about ten pounds through the ordeal, but other than that you would never know anything happened.”
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