Dog Lost During Caldor Fire Clings To Life On Snowy Mountain

 “I keep reliving the moment when he opened his eyes and lifted his head, and just the joy and elation inside of me..."

In August 2021,  Russ traveled to Lake Tahoe . Russ ran off during their trip, but the man could n’t search for him because of the Caldor Fire. People were ordered to void, so Russ’ pater fled Lake Tahoe, wondering if he'd ever see the doggy again. 

 After the fire, the man allowed that Russ had n’t survived. Months went by with no any news, so he gave up stopgap. But little did he know, his canine wasn’t willing to give up that fluently. In December 2021, four months after Russ went missing, someone found a canine in an unusual spot. 

A bush skier spotted a dark shape huddled beneath a tree. They noticed that it was a canine girdled by snow, and he sounded unfit to move. When they tried to help the canine, he growled. So, the person kept their distance and posted prints of the lonely canine online. Tahoe PAWS and TLC 4 Furry Musketeers jumped into action as soon as they saw it. 


 El Dorado County Animal Services Officer Kyle Shumaker tried to deliver the canine, but the snow was five bases deep. So, Leona Allen and Elsa Gaule, volunteers with TLC 4 Furry Musketeers, put on snowshoes and followed canine tracks up the mountain. 

 When Allen saw the canine coiled up in the snow, she thought he was dead. Allen approached him and at first, he made no movements. 


 “ So I walked over, and all of a unforeseen he opened his eyes and lifted his head, and I screamed. It was just involuntary,” said Allen. 

 Allen and Gaule were patient with the canine, taking the time to earn his trust. Also, they wrapped him in a mask and set him on a levy’s stage on a sled to keep him warm. Once he was down from the snowy mountain, Officer Shumaker took him to the vet. 


 Stagers discovered that the canine had a microchip, which verified that he’s Russ, the canine who went missing four months agone. When levies communicated Russ’ mortal, he was overjoyed to hear that his furry friend was still alive. 

 “ As a deliverance association … this is what we ’re supposed to do,” Allen said. “ I keep reliving the moment when he opened his eyes and lifted his head, and just the joy in myself was inviting. It’s one further life that gets to live happy and warm and safe.” 


 It’s amazing that Russ survived so long by himself, especially girdled by deep snow. But cautions be all the time, and this story is an excellent memorial to microchip your pet and keep their contact information up to date.