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. 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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  • Isabelsierra01
    3/05/2015 - 10:13 a.m.

    It's so awesome that you found your dog! I hope the dog is doing well. I'm so happy that someone found the dog and is safe now.

  • william1108-yyca
    7/13/2015 - 06:26 p.m.

    Wow! I never knew that a dog can go so far while it is cold. But I wonder if it was hungry. It was blind so it couldn't find food. SO whenever I get a dog it is not going to be blind.

    • annabel1226-yyca
      7/23/2015 - 08:08 p.m.

      William every dog gets hungry. Dogs have scents, so the blind dog could find food by smelling. Also in the article it does not say if you want a dog or not. Please write more.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    7/14/2015 - 02:14 p.m.

    REBUTTAL: William, I disagree with you that dogs can't go far without seeing while it is cold since dogs have fur which protect themselves. Even if the dog were to be blind, it could still find food since it still has his nose and ears. So I don't think that the dog would have been hungry at all since it can scavenge for food and also dodge all attackers by using their really strong ears.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    7/15/2015 - 01:48 p.m.

    William, every living thing gets hungry. Dogs have a strong sense of smell so they can find food. When you get a dog, it can blind itself or something can blind it. There are dangers in taking care of dogs. It can get to trouble.

  • John0724-YYCA
    7/16/2015 - 01:22 p.m.

    William, I really disagree with you because the article said that he lost 14 pounds and that means he shouldn't have been eating so he must be hungry and dogs could go far while its cold. Also how do you know that the dog didn't eat food. He may ate a little food because dogs could find food just by smelling it and it also never mentioned it in the article. Also when you get a dog it could be blind and you'll never know it is.

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