Firefighter Carries Lost Dog Off Steamy Mountain on His Back

brightThe family of a lost dog name Rue found something far better than a wormhole to cut through space and time. They found a firefighter. Though it often takes weeks or months to locate and capture a dog-on-the-run in the wilderness, in just 28 hours Rue descended from her mountain hideaway on the strong shoulders of firefighter Tony Stowe.

Loud noises are the leading cause of runaway pets and Rue’s poison was a blast of fireworks set off near her Salt Lake City home. Thunderstorms and the sounds of contractors making home improvements are equally frequent catalysts for pet disappearances and few cases end end as rapidly or happily as Rue’s.

11707522_1048894018454826_6884149870663046636_nIt was around 5 o’clock on a Saturday afternoon last month when Rue took off like a jackrabbit. She ran far and she ran fast, eventually ascending the mountainous Shoreline Trail in an area known as the Living Room above the University of Utah. She spent a steamy summer night in that area where she had walked many times with her family and the other dog in her household. But this time, Rue was alone.

By Sunday evening, hikers spotted Rue who had suffered minor injuries including damage to her paws. She was dehydrated and unable to make the hike back down, so the hikers made an emergency phone call for assistance.

“We’re honored to be able to work with Animal Services and help dogs,” Salt Lake City Fire Department Fire Captain Ginger Barraclough explained. “They’re a member of a lot of peoples’ families.”

11692525_1048894095121485_9105034953805239787_nRue Makes It Home Safe & Sound

Under the golden light of a fast approaching sunset, firefighters hiked up the hot trail until they reached the pup and gave her some water. It quickly became clear that Rue was too hurt to make the descent on her own and these incredible photos tell the rest of the story.

Though Rue was not wearing identification tags, she did have a microchip and was quickly reunited with her family. She was one of the lucky ones, as the city had 180 calls for lost pets during the first weekend of July alone.

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276 comments

Carole R
Carole R4 months ago

Now that's a hero.

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Glennis W
Glennis W4 months ago

wonderful story beautiful dog Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W4 months ago

Fantastic save Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W4 months ago

Just so wonderful Adorable dog Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W4 months ago

Wonderful savior Thank you for caring and sharing

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JoAnn Paris
JoAnn Paris4 months ago

Thank you for this very interesting article.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O4 months ago

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O4 months ago

well done

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Camilla V
Camilla Vaga4 months ago

thx

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Peggy B
Peggy B4 months ago

TYFS

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