A family took their two dogs, eight-year-old golden retriever, Neesha, and three-year-old Harley, a German shepherd dog, for a hike on Lugnaquilla mountain in Co Wicklow, Ireland on 23 January 2021. Being winter, the mountain was covered with snow. After spotting a deer, the two dogs bolted away from their family in pursuit.
The family searched frantically for their companions without success. Eventually, it was getting dark, and had to retreat for the day.
Coming back the next day, to their relief, they found Harley in the car park, but Neesha was not there. They then used a drone to search the area and left unwashed laundry where they hiked, hoping that the scent would attract Neesha, but they could not find her.
The family began reaching out on social media and putting up posters for help. They went the weekend after, but hope was fading when they still could not find her. After another week, they were coming to the conclusion that an eight-year-old dog alone in the snow on a mountain will not be able to survive.
Two doctors, Jean-Francois Bonnet, and Ciara Nolan, went hiking on Saturday, 6 February when they saw a dog so weak and cold that she could not move nor bark near the summit of the mountain.
After approaching the dog, they saw the seriousness of the situation and wanted to help. They had spare clothes in their bag and wrapped her in them. Francois tried carrying her down the 6 miles, 10km, path which was so icy they fell a few times.
Using her scarf, Ciara tied Neesha to her partner’s backpack and continued their journey. It took them four-five hours to complete.
When they got home, they fed her and warmed her up. They contacted the local animal rescue which managed to contact the owners. They could not believe it and were convinced she was dead.
Neesha went back home. Although she lost a lot of weight, she is wagging her tail and gets up for cuddles. She showed some signs of post-traumatic stress within the first few hours, but now going back to her old self.
We are all so grateful to Francois and Ciara for going the extra mile, or 6, to help such a weak, lost dog back to her home.
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