This is the story of Sage, the elderly blind Labrador who was missing in the Californian Mountains for a week.
Last month her owner, Beth Cole, went to bed, thinking that her beloved dog was tucked up inside.
However, she wasn’t, and this was the night the 12-year-old dog went missing.
“Our neighbours and other members of the community helped us search day and night for a week,” Cole explained . “We looked everywhere.”
The family even offered a $1000 rewards in a bid to get their pup home safely.
Despite dogs being able to fend for themselves for a very long time. Cole was concerned about her dogs health and the low temperature drop at night.
To add more concern to the situation, a lion had been seen in the area in recent weeks.
“It was horrible. We just didn’t know,” Cole recounted.
“It was cold, she’s kind of helpless as far as being able to find her way back on her own.”
Cole and her family had almost given up hope, that was until her neighbour, Dan Estrada, was out hiking with a friends in the nearby area.
“At first I thought it was a garbage bag in the water,” Estrada said. “My vision is not very good so it wasn’t until I got closer that I saw it’s actually a white lab laying there lifeless in this stream — her chin just above water level.”
Due to her position, Estrada was worried that Sage was dead, but she slightly moved her head, giving him hope.
“The very moment I saw Sage, my heart fell into my stomach and I was overwhelmed with sadness, because I knew at that point it would be a body recovery,” Estrada said.
“I ran to her, and I just dropped right there in the water, and I wrapped my arms around her and I gave her a big hug and a kiss.”
Sage was weak and unable to move by herself. Estrada, a paramedic, knew he had to get her out of the water and safe as soon as possible.
Estrada heroically put Sage onto his shoulders and carried her out of the woods back to her home.
“It had been dry that week and the new rain was moving in,” Estrada said. “When we found her she didn’t have the energy to lift herself out. That stream bed would have been flowing during a rainstorm.”
Sage is now safe and uninjured getting some well deserved rest and as for Estrada, he refused to accept the $1000 reward asking for it to be donated to an animal cause.