A loyal dog refuses to let go of its owner after being lost on a hiking expedition in Mingus Mountains, Arizona, USA. When the two were found six days later, the owner died and the dog was in critical condition due to severe dehydration and fatigue.
A Labrador mixture, called Ranger, was given oxygen and fluids before taking the dog to the vet. Arrangements have been made to raise money for Ranger’s treatment. It was set up by search and rescue volunteer Dundee West, who said the ranger was “helpful to investigators” in finding his owner.
The dog and its owner, Donald Hayes, 74, went missing last week. Realizing they were lost, Mr. Hayes called the forest patrol. He was told not to leave as officers were on their way to help him. Mr. Hayes did not listen and decided to find a way. Mr Hayes’ body was discovered Wednesday, Sky News said in a statement, citing the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.
The ranger was later taken to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital for treatment. “We hope to pay the veterinary bill to ease the pain of the family tragedy and help the ranger recover … Your donations are starting to return to his health,” Mr West said on the fundraising page.
One donor said, “It brought tears to my eyes that the dog was so loyal. Please save him. You can do it. You are almost your goal. I sent your page to all my friends and family. Hopefully, you will reach your goal soon.” . “
Another said, “What a loyal dog. This dog was stuck with his master at the absolute and unfortunate end. “
Mr. West also shared an update on Ranger’s health on the page. He said Farbal’s condition had improved. “She ate dinner. Hopefully he will be released to his family tomorrow. All SAR volunteers would like to thank the community for their support of Ranger and his family. ”
The campaign has raised more than, 4,300 and is now deactivated.