Sweet, Ailing Senior Lost in Woods Reunited with Grateful Dad

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Photo: Conway Area Humane Society
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When a logger working in a remote stretch near Conway, NH, saw an old, disoriented dog wandering in the woods, he called the Conway Area Humane Society, concerned the dog had been abandoned.

Their team of rescuers, including the shelther’s operations manager, Debra Cameron and volunteer Kevin Ahearn, headed out to meet the caller — Jake Higgins — so he could lead them to where the dog had last been seen.

“Thankfully, Jake knew the trail he had seen him taking and brought us right to it,” Cameron told The Dodo. “We just happened to get there in time to see a flash of the dog’s tail before he headed down a slope.”

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Photo: Conway Area Humane Society
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The dog, a shepherd mix, was old. Disoriented. Exhausted. When they whistled to him, he simply sat and waited for them.

“He was as sweet as a pup can be,” said Cameron.

She captured this video of their rescue efforts, including the gentle dog being carried to safety. Of course, they had no idea how he’d come to be there and for how long, but his story would slowly unfold.

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Shortly after the above video was posted on the Conway Area Humane Society’s Facebook page, their mystery dog was recognized.

His name is Rocky. He is 17 years old. He has cancer. And a family who missed him very, very much.

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Rocky had run away over July 4 weekend, when fireworks had sent him running into the woods, fueled by panic. He vanished. Thanks to the call from Higgins and the subsequent rescue, Rocky and his dad were reunited on Friday.

“They were so grateful,” said Cameron. “Rocky’s dad is a very nice man. He gave us a $100 donation when picking him up this morning. He has helped other people locally search for lost pets and is an avid dog lover. It was such a relief to learn Rocky was his and such a loved pet.”

Happy endings: in dog rescue especially, they are an exceptionally wonderful thing.

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Photo: Conway Area Humane Society
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18 thoughts on “Sweet, Ailing Senior Lost in Woods Reunited with Grateful Dad”

  1. If he does have a dog, I pray for that animal…actually, I pray for both animals…the dog and the human…in that order!

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  2. When you call yourself a pet ‘owner’, …. the divide is suddenly increased great between the human and the other sentient beings on Earth.
    We are animals, same with dogs & cats, dolphins, buffalo … wolves, Cows, chickens … sheep, ….
    We (humans) don’t have the right to cause the physical sufferings of the other beings on this earth for any reason; like we owen them…. ‘Owner’ is not a good term. I hate that term. It reinforces that notion further than animals don’t need to be protected. If we ‘own’ them, then we can torture them for our entertainment, or for dinner…. Not a good word. We need to change it.

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  3. Glad to see you were reunited with the Grateful Dead! I ‘ve been trying to do that for years! Congrats!! Have a gr8tephul day!!!

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  4. SO glad this pup got home safe and sound. He’s not only at the high end on the birthday chart but having cancer makes what little time he has left extremely important to him and to his family (“caregivers”) who I’m sure love him beyond measure. To the naysayers out here – Rocky my have four legs and a tail, but he’s as important and as loved as any two-legged member of the family.

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