Deaf, elderly dog reunites with family after 9 months in harsh wilderness

July 12, 2017 1:49 pm Last Updated: July 12, 2017 1:49 pm


A lost pet can be a demoralizing situation for families, especially after a significant amount of time goes by, and it seems more and more likely that you’ll have to assume the worst. However, this story of a disabled dog surviving a harsh winter and nine months of separation has an unexpectedly happy outcome.

It seemed like it was time to give up.

Mo was a deaf, 14-year-old Chesapeake retriever who somehow wandered off into the Idaho wilderness in September. Her owners, the Cameron family, conducted a three-month campaign trying to find her, including hanging dozens of “lost dog” posters throughout their hometown of Boise.

Over time, however, it seemed like they had no choice but to give up, especially when a particularly harsh winter hit the area. Throughout the nine months they were separated, the family reportedly received a lot of false leads from people claiming to have found Mo, but it always turned out to be another dog.

Fortunately, the lost pooch was saved by local dog rescuer, Cheri Glankler, who discovered Mo in a nearby rancher’s yard. Mo was dirty, hungry, and her fur was full of ticks, but she was still alive!

Welcoming Mo into her home, Glankler used Facebook to identify the dog’s owners. Fortunately, some commenters recognized Mo from the “lost dog” posters her family had plastered around town many months ago!

A happy ending at last!

Cindy and Darwin Cameron were initially reluctant to believe Mo was found, given the false leads they had encountered before, but they were convinced after Glankler listed a few specific traits. Soon Mo was home!

“I can’t tell you all how much this story has touched me,” wrote Lost Pets Boise user Mary McFarland on Facebook.

“Obviously, everyone on this page is compassionate for animals. It’s nice when we get a great payoff. I hope Mo enjoys the rest of her days comfortably at home,” she added, according to Good News Network.

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