There is little hope for a blind dog lost within the Santa Cruz mountains, even less for one missing for every week .
For a Boulder Creek Labrador named Sage, however, eight days proved to be enough time to spend faraway from range in the vast California wilderness.
“It was horrible,” Sage’s owner Beth Cole told ABC7 News. “We were so heartbroken and just feeling so bad that she was out there.”
After losing track of Sage on Feb. 24, Cole spent the subsequent few days searching the woods adjacent her neighborhood, despite reports of mountain lions within the area. Cole, along side friends and neighbors, eventually began to lose hope.
“We had numerous people helping with the search. We had signs up, we had it posted everywhere,” Cole said.
That’s once they received excellent news .
According to KSBW, one among Cole’s neighbors, Dan Estrada, found a white labrador while hiking along a stream within the mountains with a lover . Sage surprised them both by popping her head in curiosity.
Estrada recognized Sage immediately, and ran to assist her out. He picked her up onto his shoulders for the remainder of the hike out of the canyon.
“I jumped within the stream, i used to be super happy,” Estrada told ABC7. “I put my arms round her and hugged her and threw her over my shoulders and carried her up the mountain.”
Sage was carried home to a cheerful and grateful family, while the lesson of her experience wasn’t lost on her rescuer.
“It’s been harsh conditions which dog had such a robust will to measure ,” Estrada said. “And i feel everybody features a lesson to be learned from that: Don’t hand over .”
KSBW reports that Sage’s welcome home party are going to be persisted from 4-6 p.m. March 18 at Joe’s Bar on Highway 9, in hopes of also raising money for the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.