Animal Rights

Blind Dog Survives While Lost in Alaska in -40 Degree Weather

| by Michael Allen

When Abby, a blind eight-year-old dog, went missing from her remote Alaskan home in a heavy snowstorm, the Grapengeter family thought they'd never see her again.

While she was missing, the Grapengeters searched for her in temperatures as low as minus 40.

Abby disappeared from the family's home near Fairbanks, Alaska on December 13, reports Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Because Abby had gone blind a year earlier, the Grapengeters held out little hope for her return.  However, on December 23 they received a phone call saying that Abby had been found more than 10 miles away at the house of Mark May, a local dog musher and vet.

May told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: "Everybody just assumed it was some kind of scaredy cat, but... it was blind. I guess [she found her way] by just sniffing."

May found Abby's owners by sending out her photograph and description on Facebook. The dog was recognized by one of the Grapengeters' neighbors and returned home in time for Christmas Eve.

McKenzie Grapengeter said: "There's no other word to describe it. She's blind. It's amazing."