Blind dog lost in Alaska finally found
Blind dog lost in Alaska finally found Ed Davis poses with his dog Madera at his home in Ester, Alaska (AP photos)
Blind dog lost in Alaska finally found
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A blind dog who wandered away from her home during a deep freeze has been reunited with her owner.

The 11-year-old Labrador retriever named Madera ventured away from home in Ester, Alaska, on Feb. 6, when the temperature dipped to 40 degrees below zero.

Her owner, Ed Davis, said he didn't expect to find her alive.

"My best hope was to walk those trails and look for a track that might be hers," he said.

Davis expects he never would have found Madera if Constantine Khrulev hadnt been out on the trails last week, riding a fat bike and accompanied by his own dog, which was wearing a bell.

The bell-wearing dog made the difference, Davis said, when Madera, responding to the bell, let out a whine as the dog ran by. Khrulev went into the woods and found her under a tree, more than 100 yards from the trail and about half a mile from Davis house.

She was not going to be found accidentally, Davis said.

Davis said his dog lost 14 pounds but was, overall, healthy.

The man who rescued her, Constantine Khrulev, asked for the $100 reward money to go to the Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund, and Davis was so impressed by the gesture that he increased the donation to $250.

Madera is completely blind because of an autoimmune disease.

This wasn't the only tale of a lost, blind dog to end happily in Fairbanks in recent years. A blind 8-year-old dog named Abby walked more than 10 miles in 2012 from her home in the Two River area before she was rescued.

Critical thinking challenge: This story had a happy ending. Give two reasons why the happy ending was unlikely.

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  • chasem-DiB
    3/04/2015 - 12:53 p.m.

    I like dogs but a blind dog is like a hotdog without the's just a hotdog! If I was blind I would go CRAZY!!!

  • rm00pennie
    3/04/2015 - 01:08 p.m.

    even though the dog was found completly helthy, her owner was right to think he wouldnt find her alive. he said it himself that the way that the temp dropped and that it was in the middle of a frezze he was really unlikly to find her alive.

  • cc2000ProEra
    3/04/2015 - 01:22 p.m.

    I think its so cool how that dog was found in alaska and it was blind. thats crazy. Im glad it had a really happy ending too. how did the dog get blind.

  • vancer-Che
    3/04/2015 - 01:48 p.m.

    Very very touching, great article, great story, Im glad this blind dog was found and went back to its owner. I enjoy these articles that brighten your day

  • RamosDiamond-DiB
    3/04/2015 - 03:16 p.m.

    Constantine Khrulev found Madera under a tree whining by hearing the bell and the $100 reward got raised to $250 by Davis because the reward money going to the Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund.

  • CTiffani-Cas
    3/04/2015 - 04:57 p.m.

    This story had a happy ending, although it was very unlikely. It was unlikely because Madera is a blind dog and the temperature was forty below zero when she was lost. If she wasn't rescued, she would've died by the temperature or hit by a car because of her vision. It was truly a miracle she was rescued, safe and sound.

  • EthanI-5
    3/04/2015 - 07:51 p.m.

    This story is about a blind dog who wandered away. then some people cam by on a trail and found then returned him to the owner. the guy who found the dog donated 100 dollars to animal shelter. this is a nice thing to do, donate to shelter, that nice.

  • DBenjamin-Cas
    3/05/2015 - 08:48 a.m.

    That is scary. I'm surprised that the dog didn't die. The owner needs to always be watching the dog because it is blind and doesn't know where he is.

  • johanna.galloway34
    3/05/2015 - 12:55 p.m.

    This dog was lost for 27 days, and lost 14 pounds. She was 8 year old blind dog. How the owner found him was the dog had a bell on his collar and found the dog.

  • Son_Of_Zeus
    3/05/2015 - 01:04 p.m.

    I think that this a good story about a dog getting returned to his owner. The chances of this happening are very low because the dog was under a tree, 100 yards away from the trail and 1/2 a mile away from Ed's house. The lowest temprature ever recorded in Alaska was -80 degrees.

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