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.