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. 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. He was riding a fat bike and accompanied by his own dog. It was wearing a bell.

The bell-wearing dog made the difference, Davis said. 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. It was 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. 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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COMMENTS (213)
  • AB2001blue
    3/04/2015 - 01:11 p.m.

    It was a happy ending Im happy that the blind dog was rescued. The dog names is Madera they found her under a tree and she walk like 100 miles. Im happy the dog was saved.

  • stephanieg-Che
    3/04/2015 - 01:46 p.m.

    It must off been scary for her since she was blind and couldn't find her way. Thank god that the other dog found who knows where she would of ended up at. Can you imagine if the man hadn't gone for a ride then they wouldn't have found her

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

    I'm surprised how they found this dog alive and it was 40 degrees below zero. that dog is really lucky to have had that bell. cause she would have never been found on accident.

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

    this is the sadists this i have seen all day i almost cried when i read it i'm so happy that he got back home i would miss my dog so much if she got lost even though she not blind i'm just glad the dog got bot home safe and is okay now and i hope his very happy at home and not cold any more

  • ivryt-Che
    3/04/2015 - 01:56 p.m.

    i love this story because this dog had to be very scared and cold to wander off in the cold and brave to stay alive for that amount of time in the alaska which is the coldest place in the world

  • LuanaI-Cal
    3/04/2015 - 02:29 p.m.

    This was a very sad story in the beginning but I was so happy when I read the part about the man finding his dog. This was a highly unlikely ending. If that dog hadn't had the bells the other dog wouldn't had barked and they wouldn't have found him. This was a ver heart warming story.

  • ryanha-And
    3/04/2015 - 03:11 p.m.

    I learned that some people are actually real nice and will give people's dogs back and also give up the reward money and donate it to an animal shelter, then the reward was increased to $250.

  • renel-DiB
    3/04/2015 - 03:27 p.m.

    I have mixed emotions about this story. It is so sad that the dogs are both blind, but at the same time I'm happy that they were both back home with their families that obviously love them both very much. Labradors are very smart, determined and loyal, I know off hand since I had one for several years. I'm not surprised that Madera managed to stay alive until rescued. Abby too, showed that same determination as she found her way back home.What surprises me for both dogs is the fact that are both blind in doing so. And also how they beat the odds because of the extreme weather challenges, etc.In the end they managed to be strong and they showed great courage.

  • keytonf-And
    3/04/2015 - 03:43 p.m.

    i learned that a dog that was blind left her home during a deep freeze in alaska. Then i also learned that is was an 11 labrador reteriveior

  • miah-And
    3/04/2015 - 03:44 p.m.

    It was very cold, and the dog is blind. Since the dog is blind it would be hard for her to find her way home. Especially in the cold. The dog was also 100 yards from the trail, so if the dog who belonged to the man who found her had not been wearing a bell, she would not have been found by accident. The lost dog was very lucky to have been found.

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