Blind dog found her way to safety in Alaska snowstorm

Need a lift?

Here’s a Christmas miracle story that is sure to lift your spirits.

A blind dog went missing from her loving home and family in Alaska in the midst of a heavy snowstorm of minus 40F temps.

Somehow, miraculously, the dog found her way to safety more than 10 miles away, unharmed. Not even a frostbite.

~Eowyn

Tim Walker reports for the UK’s Independent, Dec. 27, 2012:

When their blind eight-year-old dog went missing from their remote Alaskan home in a heavy snowstorm, the Grapengeter family felt sure they’d never see her again. But after more than a week of searching in temperatures as low as minus 40C, Abby, a brown-and-white mixed-breed whom the Grapengeters rescued from an animal shelter as a puppy, turned up safe and sound at the home of a local vet.

Abby first disappeared from the family’s five-acre property near Fairbanks on 13 December. Given she’d gone blind a year ago, McKenzie Grapengeter and her three children held out little hope for her return. But on 23 December they received a call saying Abby had been found more than 10 miles away – and without even a trace of frostbite.

Neighbours had planned to set live traps to find her, but in the end the dog found her own way along a winter trail to the house of Mark May, a local dog musher and vet. “Everybody just assumed it was some kind of scaredy cat, but… it was blind,” May told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “I guess [she found her way] by just sniffing.”

May found Abby’s owners by disseminating her photograph and description on Facebook. She was recognised by one of the Grapengeters’ neighbours, and returned home in time for Christmas Eve.

McKenzie Grapengeter called it a Christmas miracle. “There’s no other word to describe it,” she told the News-Miner. “She’s blind. It’s amazing.”

6 responses to “Blind dog found her way to safety in Alaska snowstorm

  1. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for sharing with us this precious story. What a wonderful Christmas present for this family to have their dog back!

  2. Loves a happy ending!

  3. Arthur L. Brown Sr.

    An aside comment, the one point in temperature that the numbers in Celsius and Fahrenheit is the same(-40)
    Yeah this is another amazing story of pets making there way in impossible conditions.

    • Arthur,

      The original story about this dog had the temp in Celsius (-40C), so I went to a conversion table to find the corresponding figure in Fahrenheit. At first I thought it was a mistake, then I had other Celsius units converted into Fahrenheit just to test the conversion site, and discovered the uniqueness of -40C being also -40F. Fascinating!

  4. Grapengeter family could not expect a more precious gift then the reunion with their blind dog. Yes, Eowyn the post has surely lifted the spirit.

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