The family of the lost pet and all of his neighbors in the San Lorenzo Valley, California, have hailed a firefighter who saved a blind dog from being abandoned in the woods as their local hero. Dan Estrada took advantage of the fact that he was off duty and went for a stroll in the woods behind his house with a buddy, but he never imagined he would end up saving a dog.
The man packed his bags and headed off with his two dogs with the simple goal of taking a stroll and spending time with his buddy. As they approached a creek, they discovered a surprise.
Sage, a 12-year-old Labrador dog who was likewise totally blind and could not move, was on one bank of the creek. Sage had vanished from her home eight days prior, and her family had looked everywhere for her without success.
Sage’s family said that although they had made plans to go to bed as usual one night, their beloved puppy was missing the following morning. She got lost somehow, how? It’s a mystery, but the fact is that her family started looking for her and sought assistance from all of her friends and family.
They even employed a skilled dog tracker, placed countless billboards across the area, and shared his image on various social media platforms.
The worst was anticipated given his health and the presence of cougars in the region after several days of fruitless searching.
Sage Cole’s mother, Beth Cole, stated to The Mercury News:
“Our neighbors and other members of the community assisted us in the hunt for a week, day and night.”
Fortunately, Sage was sleeping by the creek waiting for help when Dan and his hiking companions discovered her. Dan came up and gave Sage a bear embrace as soon as he saw her after Sage heard the folks who were near to her.
“I jumped into the water and gave her a bear hug when we discovered she was still alive. Actually, it was a miracle.
Sage lived close to her owners’ home and frequently played with her two dogs, so the man knew her well. Sage was exhausted and frail after spending a week wandering in the woods, so Dan carried her up the hill on her shoulders.