There are two types of “lost pet” stories: The happy ones, where good Samaritans give a helping hand and everything is currently working in the end, and the unhappy ones, which we don’t talk about .
Well. Here we are, talking. I’ll let Portia Scovern, the non-canine hero of this story, explain( via her Facebook post ):
We rescued a doggy from an abandoned mine rod outside Fairplay/ Southpark, Colorado !! She is not reported missing at any veterinarian or police station and she is not microchipped..She is underweight and dehydrated, but we are shocked that she has no harms after a 20 ft fall.
The story gets worse..
Preston was hiking this area over A WEEK ago when he heard voices coming from the cave. He thought it was a wild animals so he did not investigate. He came to hike here again today where reference is heard actual barking; At which point he called Gannon and I to come help.
A subsequent update on Ms. Scovern’s post confirms that the owner was located within a period. The little pup — whose names appear Cheyenne — had been missing for simply over two weeks, but her human caught wind of the Facebook post and stepped up to recover his furry friend.
In commentaries on Ms. Scovern’s Facebook post, owner Michael Captain expressed embarrassment over the idea that Cheyenne could have fallen down the abandoned mine shaft. As it turns out, she’s an extreme hiking bird-dog!
“That dog’s been in mines and caves all over the country, ” Captain wrote. “Climbed 14 ers[ and] 13 ers, been thru the desert. Severely doubt she only fell into a mine shaft.”
The comment about “1 4ers and 13 ers” is apparently a reference to mountain climbing terms, and specifically a peak’s highest point. So a “1 4er, ” for example, has an elevation of more than 14,000 feet.
In short: Cheyenne has probably logged more climbing hour than most of you.
But that’s not all. In a follow-up statement, Captain explained how Cheyenne operates when they’re out hiking together. He also shared a little of his own experience of trying to find her.
“She’s trained to call. If she hears vehicles or people she will bark letting you know stuff is around, ” he wrote. “I remained out there on the mountain for 3 periods listening for her and calling. She was my long range dog radar. Puppies are sensors! “
Good dog. And good people all around.
Credit: Facebook/ Portia Scovern via Storyful