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. 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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  • amyf-And
    3/04/2015 - 03:52 p.m.

    This article was about a blind dog who finally came home. A blind dog wandered away from home and the owners found him in -40 degrees F.
    CRITICAL THINKING CHALLENGE- The first reason is a blind dog can't see its way home it it can't see and the second reason is it could have died in this weather it was in.

  • laurenl-And
    3/04/2015 - 03:53 p.m.

    A man luckily went on a bike ride with his dog, who had a bell on her collar. The blind dog, Madera, barked in response to the bell as they past by. They found her under a tree, and has been missing for almost a month. This is extraordinary, I think, because a 11 yea-old, blind dog, stayed alive somehow in a storm and no food just given to her, so she would have to have hunted or something. This is just really cool how Madera managed to survive, even though she lost 14 pounds, she was otherwise pretty healthy.

  • lanes-And
    3/04/2015 - 03:55 p.m.

    It was unlikely because if the dog didn't whine or the dog didn't have a bell they dog would not have heard them and might not of whined

  • lenexab-And
    3/04/2015 - 03:58 p.m.

    I think this story had an unlikely happy ending because the 8 year old dog was blind and because she was rescued in the end. This is why it was an unlikely happy ending.

  • 1AugieK
    3/04/2015 - 07:03 p.m.

    A dog named Madera wandered away from her house during an Alaskan deep freeze. Oh did I not mention the dog is BLIND?!? Well, she is. It was on February 6Th she wandered off, and was just recently found. A dog and her owner were biking by, and the dog had a bell on her collar. Madera responded to the bell and was found whining under a tree. 5 Q W

  • justinn-DiB
    3/04/2015 - 07:19 p.m.

    I know if this were my dog I would definitely do what ever it took to get my dog back home safely especially if my dog were blind as well.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    3/04/2015 - 07:41 p.m.

    I think that it is sad for an 11-year-old Labrador retriever wander around Alaska, but it is now found in Feb. 6, but I'm not really sure how the dog survived without food and water, or maybe the fat inside the dog helped it survive for a week or month. Well if the dog have been found wandering, maybe is because it is blind because of the autoimmune disease, but I'm lucky that the dog has survived it all.

  • GabiD-1
    3/04/2015 - 10:35 p.m.

    An eleven year old blind Labrador retriever named Madera wandered away from her home in Ester, Alaska on February sixth of this year. After she left the temperature dropped to negative forty degrees. Her owner did not think she would survive. A few day later she was found by another dog who was on a walk. She was under a tree and had lost fourteen pounds. I think it is a miracle that she survived and her family should be very grateful that she can she the rest of two thousand fifteen. I hope they never take there dog for granted because I know I wont.

  • JonathanAA-4
    3/04/2015 - 11:10 p.m.

    This article was about how a dog got lost and wandered away from home in 40 degrees below 0. The bell around the dogs collar drew a man near so he could help. The man who found the dog reunited it with its owner. The owner was so happy. The dog owner offered the man $100. The finder of the dog said he would give all of it to a local animal shelter. The owner really liked this idea so he gave the man $250 to give to the animal shelter. I found this article interesting because Its good to read about how a dogs life was saved from freezing to death.

  • MAnthony-Cas
    3/05/2015 - 09:48 a.m.

    That's a miracle that they found that dog and its also amazing how the dog was blind and was still able to stay alive in freezing weather. It was a lucky thing that man had came by with his dog who had a bell on.

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