It is a stressful experience whenever your pet gets lost. You have no idea where it is, if it is okay, or if it is hurt or something. You keep on hoping that it is okay until the moment you find it.
This is why rescue stories and found lost animals stories always give a warm feeling to the heart.
Max is a Golden Retriever who got lost. It escaped from a nearby resort when the house cleaner opened the door. Since then, flyers about a missing dog named Max were posted in public places, including the Shenandoah National Park.
The flyers were posted on every building and trailhead throughout the park.
This park is located in Virginia and Kelly McDuffie and Danny Hartung were hiking when they saw these flyers. Later on, the two stumbled on a spring and decided to pick some blackberries scattered around.
While picking the blackberries, Hartung saw a dog peeking through the bushes. It was familiar to him and remembered that it was the same dog that was on the missing dog flyers they saw on the park.
The two hikers were happy to find Max. However, saving Maz and removing it from the bushes was not easy.
The poor and scared furbaby was so nervous and growled at McDuffie and Hartung when they first approached it. Maybe this is the dog’s defense mechanism as it had experienced being lost for 11 days now.
The hikers decided to give Max their lunch so that they could gain its trust and so that they could help it. They gave the dog three boiled eggs, a fig bar, and water. After that, Max finally allowed them to come near.
Now that they can be near the dog, the next problem they’ve encountered was how to get Max out of the bushes and the wild. McDuffie decided to use her emergency rope bracelet and tied it to the dog’s collar.
They helped Max get on to his feet and walk, but the dog was unable to. The two feared that its back leg was injured and they can’t carry Max through the remaining two miles left on their hike.
Fortunately, they were able to get cell service on a fire road and then proceeded on calling park rangers about the dog. Then the rangers got contact with Max’s family who were in tears of joy once they’ve heard that their precious boy was found.
The park rangers arrived and then carried Max on a stretcher for easy transport. Max kept smiling and it seemed happy that it is finally out of the bushes and is now rescued.
Max family then drove to get Max and took it to the vet. And it showed that Max’s legs were not injured, but just too tired that’s why it cannot walk. The dog also got a low-grade fever and scratched paws.
After being lost for nearly two weeks, Max’s family said that it has been sleeping a lot. Probably catching up from all the tiredness it has experienced while being away.