Tag: gallatin national forest
The dog, named Ole, was with Dave Gaillard, 44, of Bozeman, when he was buried by an avalanche while skiing with his wife, Kerry, on Saturday. Kerry, who hung onto a tree to avoid being swept away, survived.
Search and rescue personnel saw no sign of Ole at the site, and it was thought he had been buried in the slide, the Billings Gazette reported.
Apparently, though, he managed to dig his way out — no small feat for any dog, let alone a Corgi. After that, amid temperatures in the teens, the stubby-legged dog managed to find his way back to the motel, four miles away,
Officials said the dog arrived at the Alpine Motel in Cooke City and took a seat at the door of the room the Gaillard’s had occupied four days earlier.
The dog’s return provided a bright spot for the grieving family, according to Gallatin National Forest officials who investigated the incident.
Cooke City businessman Bill Whittle, who drove the dog back to his family on Wednesday, said Ole appeared to be in good condition.
When he first approached the dog, Whittle said, Ole was scared. But when he called his name, he came right over. Whittle was a member of the search and rescue crew that helped retrieve Gaillard’s body.
Gaillard’s death was the second avalanche related death in the area over the weekend.
“We needed this,” Whittle said of the dog’s survival. “It kind of cheered everyone up.”
(Photo: Gaillard’s daughter, with Ole and Whittle, Billings Gazette)
Posted by jwoestendiek January 6th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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