Wednesday, February 17, 2021

When man is a dog's best friend

 Last month, Erina O'Shea Goetelen and her husband took their Golden Retriever and their German Shepherd for outdoor exercise in Ireland's Wicklow Mountains. Both dogs were startled by a deer and ran away. The German Shepherd fond his way back, but the Golden Retriever, named Neesha, never returned. The family made a thorough search for her, but after a week, they began to give up hope. 

Oddly enough, doctors Ciara Nolan and Jean Francois Bonnet decided to hike to the top of one of Whitlow's peaks on a frigid day. As they neared the top, they were shocked to see a dog shivering in the snow. "She was petrified, freezing cold, and didn't have enough energy to bark or stand, so we covered her with our spare clothes and gave her food," they said. Nolan lifted the dog onto Bonnet's back for the 6-mile hike down the mountain. He and the dog fell several times on the ice. As soon as they reached level ground, they brought Neesha to Ash Animal Rescue. She'd lost a lot of weight and was dehydrated, but except for few cuts and bruises, she was in surprisingly good condition, thanks to her hiker friends.

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