Two guys were traveling along the Trans Canada Highway after a snowfall in early February when they observed a black splotch on the freshly fallen snow. They noticed the place was shifting as they drove by.
A creature looked to be trapped in a snow-covered ditch, attempting — but failing — to extricate herself.
The males pulled over to get a better look at the mysterious animal, which turned out to be a dog.
The men couldn’t reach the dog on their own because the snow was too thick, so they sought assistance from Steinbach and Area Animal Rescue. Michelle Neufeld and two other rescue members hurried to the site and began battling their way through the ice to reach the terrified dog.
“We were up to our knees in snow, so getting to her was tough and incredibly cold, but we made it.” There was also a lot of vegetation and plants in the road,” said Neufeld, the rescue’s president, to The Dodo. “When we arrived, we noticed she was in bad state, with mats covering her entire body.” She’d been in the region for a long, and she’d tried to build a bed by digging holes.”
The enormous dog couldn’t walk because she was too weak, and the snow was too thick to carry. Members of the rescue squad placed the dog onto a tarp and dragged her to safety after some rapid thinking.
After being stranded in the snow for days, the dog was relieved to get in a heated automobile and sat down on the passenger seat to relax.
Neufeld took the dog to the veterinarian’s office, where an examination indicated that the puppy had a temperature and was dehydrated. The dog’s fever was brought down by an overnight stay at the hospital and IV fluids.
When the dog, now named Riley, began to feel better, her caregivers started to work removing her matted, thick coat. Riley started to smile and even play after a much-needed shave.
Riley’s rescuers realized she needed a secure environment to recover from her tragedy. Riley was placed with a foster family when no one claimed her. They instantly fell in love with her.