A dog lover’s extraordinary efforts helped a woman who recently underwent a tragic ordeal reunite with her beloved Goldendoodle.
Samantha Orr, a college student from Kansas, was riding shotgun in their Jeep with her mother Jennifer behind the wheel. Their Goldendoodle Bentley was resting on the back seat. The family was driving up the mountain via a rough and dangerous road.
Samantha was filming the journey, and footage showed her mom laughing along with her as they made their way slowly up the treacherous path. Just moments later, however, their joy turned to horror as the Jeep tumbled 600 feet down a cliff.
Jennifer died from the crash, while Samantha sustained injuries to her ribs and back. Bentley went flying out of the vehicle and ran off to the mountains, where he barely survived for more than two weeks.
Image credit: Bring Bentley Home on Facebook
Samantha posted digital flyers containing Bentley’s photo and her contact information on social media, asking people for help in finding the dog.
Joe Stratmann, a dog lover from Colorado, came across the post and stepped up to the challenge. He drove almost four hours to Chrysolite Mountain in Chaffee and climbed up the trail with his two dogs.
Midway through his search, Joe began to question if his efforts were worth it. After all, what are the chances a family dog would still be alive after spending 16 days in the wild?
Still, Joe was already there, so he decided to press on. Soon, as he passed the tree line, he spotted a white animal moving far above him. At first, he couldn’t believe finding Bentley would be that simple.
But when he used his binoculars to check, Joe confirmed that the white animal was indeed a Goldendoodle, not a mountain goat. He was busy hunting mice for food when Joe caught sight of him.
The Colorado man left Bentley, the Goldendoodle with some food, and then he called Samantha, who rushed to meet him at the location.
Initially, Bentley was extremely hesitant to approach Samantha even as she gently coaxed him to come near. The canine hurried away when Samantha tried walking toward him. At last, however, after several minutes, the Goldendoodle recognized his fur mom and laid on her lap.
Samantha, who’s now home in Kansas with Bentley, is thankful to everybody who helped her. Joe, meanwhile, is proud of his good deed.
Watch the moment Bentley joins Samantha after half a month of roaming the mountains in the video below:
Source: CBS Denver on YouTube
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