Elderly dog Chloe is now home resting with her family.
In mid-August, 14-year-old Chloe, a chocolate lab mix, got away from her owners during a hike up Mt. Bross, Colorado. Unable to locate the old dog on the snowy 14,000-foot summit, Chloe’s owners feared the worst.
Several weeks later, Trinity Smith learned that people had been hearing the noises of a dog crying coming from the mountain. Smith hiked up the mountain by herself to search for the missing dog, and although she could distinctly hear barking, darkness fell and Smith returned home empty-handed.
The next day, filled with anxious hope, Smith enlisted the help of a friend, Sean Nichols. The pair returned to Mt. Bross and spent hours trying to locate the source of the barking.
“For three hours, I climbed up every chute, trying to keep myself from creating massive rock slides, calling for the dog, and right as we were about to head back the dog finally gave a faint bark, giving away her location,” Nichols told The Dodo.
After being trapped, lost on the mountain for six weeks, Chloe went from weighing 90 pounds to just 26 pounds. Nichols scooped up the emaciated senior dog, and he and Smith hurried down the mountain to get Chloe fed and out of danger.
Chloe’s owner, Heidi Patel from Fairplay, CO, immediately heard of Chloe’s miraculous return through social media. Patel picked up Chloe and has been nursing her back to health, as the dog slowly gains back weight and recovers from her treacherous adventure.
“I am overwhelmed with joy seeing sweet Chloe back with her loving family, already gaining lots of weight, and progressing so fast,” Smith told the Dodo. “She has more fight in her than most of us could ever imagine, lasting six whole weeks in such harsh, inhospitable conditions.”
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