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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:21 PM

Community effort brings missing blind dog home for Christmas

Source: Fairbanks News-Miner

McKenzie Grapengeter was resigned to the fact that her family would never see their blind 8-year-old dog, Abby, again.

Abby, who they raised up from an animal shelter puppy, usually spent afternoons sniffing around their five-acre lot off 14-mile Chena Hot Springs Road, but went missing on Dec. 13 during the worst part of the recent snow storms.

The family searched and searched the neighborhood, but as hours turned to days and temperatures plummeted to a frigid 40 below zero, Grapengeter wasn’t so sure they’d find the short-haired brown-and-white mixed breed dog who began bumping into household fixtures a few years ago when she went blind.

But then, on Sunday, she got a call.

Abby had been found. A week after she had gone missing, during nights where the mercury dipped well below minus 40, she had been found more than 10 miles away by trails.

“It’s a miracle, there’s no other words to describe it,” she said, emotion choking her voice and tears coming to her eyes. “We never expected to have her to be returned safe and alive. She’s blind. It’s a miracle. It’s amazing.” . . .

Read more: http://www.newsminer.com/view/full_story/21231391/article-Community-effort-brings-missing-blind-dog-home-for-Christmas?instance=home_news_window_left_top_1



Merry Christmas.

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Reply Community effort brings missing blind dog home for Christmas (Original post)
Faygo Kid Dec 2012 OP
Shuhered Dec 2012 #1
Faygo Kid Dec 2012 #3
BigDemVoter Dec 2012 #2
MotherPetrie Dec 2012 #4
glinda Dec 2012 #13
newfie11 Dec 2012 #15
broiles Dec 2012 #5
Faygo Kid Dec 2012 #9
heaven05 Dec 2012 #6
a la izquierda Dec 2012 #7
ashling Dec 2012 #8
copperearth Dec 2012 #10
Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 #11
Quantess Dec 2012 #12
uppityperson Dec 2012 #14
leveymg Dec 2012 #16

Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:29 PM

1. Great and Happy Ending

We have 2 goldens and recently our 14 yo Husky, blind with diabetes, died. Dogs are such a special part of our lives. May have to get another husky. Merry Christmas to your family including the baby dog.

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Response to Shuhered (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:34 PM

3. I can't imagine life without dogs.

First ever domesticated animal. I figure they likely showed up around the early campfires and gave humans "the look." And they got their treats, and that was it.

Down to just one now, and she's 12. My dogs have mattered just about as much to me as my people, only I never had to divorce them.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:31 PM

2. I love animals. . .

And this just made my day--thanks!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:04 PM

4. They have a blind dog they let roam outside unattended?

 

Stupid shits.

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:21 PM

13. Stupid shits for sure and meanwhile they get this

"cutesy" article written. Poor pup could have died.

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Response to glinda (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:14 AM

15. Agreed nt

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:05 PM

5. My bichon has diabetes and is going blind.

We give him shot twice a day and he is doing well, but the cataracts are developing in both eyes. When the vet tells us we will have them removed. He is such a good dog. After he eats he sits a waits patiently for his shot.

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Response to broiles (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:12 PM

9. He's lucky. He has you.

And you have him. A good deal all around, I would say.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:11 PM

6. I'm

very happy for you. They are best friends.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:43 PM

7. A nice story.

I cannot imagine my life without dogs. We have three rescues at the moment.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:09 PM

8. They will treasure that picture

What a Christmas present

ch ch chokes me up

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:58 PM

10. What a happy ending!

A blind dog has four more sharply honed senses. They are amazing! Actually a blind dog has a heck of a lot better chance for survival than a deaf dog does.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:12 PM

11. Such a sweet story.

I was just reading this in the Anchorage paper. This really is a miracle...it's been remarkably cold up here this year.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:21 PM

12. Adorable photo!

Lucky dog.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:31 PM

14. That is a fair bit to go in really cold weather. Glad they got her back safely.

thank you for the nice story. Too much bs in the world, good to read something nice.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 10:20 AM

16. Merry Xmas to Abby and her family.

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