A dog that ran away from a deadly car accident in Nevada survived for 53 days on its own by eating roadkill. There were actually two Shetland sheepdogs in the car that crashed in the Nevada desert about 200 miles east of Reno. One of them died, but the survivor, Dooley, managed to remain alive by finding dead animals to eat and water sources on ranches.
Dooley lost over 20 pounds and when found, a bird bone was discovered inside the dog’s throat, which was removed. The accident took place on December 27 and Dooley was found February 18. The owner’s husband died in the car crash, so finding Dooley and experiencing the reunion was a big boost in the midst of grief.
The owner never gave up hope Dooley was out there, and there were sightings for a while, but no solid contact. Eventually Dooley was captured by one of the owner’s friends and an associate using a horse and a Jeep. Shetlands are known for their intelligence so it isn’t entirely surprising one could survive for so long on its own. The average lows for January and February at Battle Mountain, near the accident’s location, are 17 and 22 degrees Fahrenheit. It isn’t clear where Dooley slept, but it must have been very difficult at times.
GPS trackers are available for pets, but it isn’t clear exactly how reliable or accurate these products are currently, or how well they might work in a desert setting. In the future, such technology might function very well and result in fewer lost pets.
Image Credit: Sannse, Pacarane Political Party owned by Mrs Laversuch, Wiki Commons
Dog pictured above is not Dooley, rather it is meant to be a representative of a Shetland.