In Alaska, a blind senior Labrador Retriever was found alive after enduring 2 weeks of Alaska’s frigid temperatures.
Earlier this month, Madera, an 11 year-old Labrador Retriever escaped from her home in Ester, Fairbanks in the freezing cold.
Madera is completely blind. She lost her eyesight to an autoimmune disease.
Ed Davis, Madera’s owner, said, the Labrador usually wants to come inside immediately after relieving herself. But on February 6, Madera did not come back inside when Ed’s wife let her out. At that time, Davis was at work at Pump Station 4 of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
On February 19, he came back without much expectation of finding the blind dog.
“My best hope was to walk those trails and look for a track that might be hers,” he said. “My best hope was to find a frozen dog.”
Despite offering a $100 reward, Davis thought he would never see Madera again – but he did!
Constantine Khrulev was with his dog out on the trails last week. His dog was wearing a bell.
“The bell-wearing dog made the difference,”Davis said.
When Madera heard the bell, she whined as the dog ran by. Khrulev went into the woods and found the poor Lab under a tree, more than 100 yards from the trail and about half a mile from Davis’ house.
Madera’s rescuer took her to one of Davis’ neighbors. She had lost about 14 pounds but was otherwise in good health.
Khrulev took the $100 reward money and donated it to the Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund. Davis was so impressed that he decided to increase the donation to $250.