Losing a dog is always a terrifying experience, especially when lost in the wild. You have to worry if you will see your pet again or if she will survive on her own. But after being lost in the snowy mountains of Colorado for five days, a dog is finally safe and sound at home.
Curtis Culver of Denver is no stranger to the mountains in Grand County: Every year he travels with his brother in his backpack through the mountains. However, on a recent trip, they were overwhelmed by an unexpected snowfall and decided to ask for help, according to 9News.
But when rescuers arrived, Curtis’s dog, Stella, got scared and ran away from her camp. Unfortunately, the weather conditions made it impossible to search for her as she was too cold to camp another night.
Curtis had to withdraw while his beloved dog was still lost in the snowy forest: “It was just the emptiness you feel when you know that you are not leaving with all the lives you came with,” he told 9News.
“I love her … if I could take her anywhere, I honestly would.”
But all hope was not lost. A few days later, a Grand County search and rescue team volunteered to return to camp in hopes of finding Stella alive. It wasn’t an easy task – the hike was 14 miles out and back, and the area had just been hit by 610 inches of snow.
“They really care about completing missions in their entirety, and that was just an open ending that no one wanted to leave open,” said volunteer Michael DonMoyer.
Fortunately, their heroic efforts were not in vain: they found Stella in the forest, not far from the camp. She had survived alone for five days and reportedly survived on food from her backpack. After a ordeal, Stella finally reunited with Curtis and they were delighted to see each other again.
We are very happy that Stella is back safe and sound. Thank you to the team of search and rescue workers who came out to take you home.