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I've been following this story. It does appear the owner really does love his dog, if the pictures of him with her are any indication.

BUT, he's an idiot for several reasons.
- First, he kept going up the mountain despite the fact his dog was getting her feet all cut up.
- Second, its clear his dog was not pre-conditioned to this sort of strenuous hike.
- Third, he was so focused on getting to the top for his own sense of accomplishment that he disregarded signs of distress from his dog.
- Fourth, he made only a rudimentary attempt to rescue her. Apparently he called 911 and was told there are no dog rescues.
- Fifth, he was too dumb to figure out a plan for himself. Its not that hard. You get an empty pack and put the dog in it. Bring a buddy to trade off if you need to. This is not rocket science.

So in the least the guy is unobservant about his dog, and not persistent in rescuing her. He may be perfectly fine to her in ordinary life, but clearly he had no judgement about taking her up a 14K mountain. Dumb, inconsiderate, not observant and not empathetic. He does not deserve to have her back.

I too, would be all for the rescuers being allowed to keep the dog, if they want her, or having her placed in a home that really wants her, which I'm sure would be easy to do as this story has generated a lot of interest. You could be super selective about that next home.

I've hiked with dogs at elevation. They need to be in shape and have hardened feet from lots of smaller hikes. You need to know what they can and cannot do. You need to carry water and food for them, lots of water in fact, and stop often to keep them hydrated and offer regular snacks as they burn through calories like crazy. They feel the obligation to follow you where ever you go, so you need to provide for their physical needs, and keep an eye on how they are doing. And if they are having a tough time, you need to be willing to stop or turn around and go back. That's just a no brainer. Its like having a kid on the hike. That other being's needs come before everything else, including your own personal goals or agenda.
 

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The rescuers should be able to keep Missy. They can "pretend" she died and move on from there!!! After all, that's what they (the owners) did...just saying.
 

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I've also been reading up on the story. I think it counts as abandonment and the owner relinquished all rights to her.

As a side note, we're going camping this weekend and though the terrain isn't rough, should we get a set of "dog boots" (I don't know what they're actually called). Last time we took Quest camping we went 12 miles, his feet seemed fine then and it was rockier ground.
 

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I got a set of dog mukluks at Bed Bath and Beyond on sale for 9.99....but of course Addison would only stand in one place with them on, and Chloe walked like she had hips totally out of joint, like a foolish diva.
 

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Why is the choice to leave her or stay with her and die?

There were 2 people on the hike, how could they not manage to carry her?? I would rather stay and "die" than desert Niko if he was injured. I would die from guilt from deserting my loyal life companion when he needed me most. He has never deserted me how could I live with myself if I left him in his time of need? AND then "pretend" he was dead so I didnt have to go back out and search for him??? :mad:

Sick how does he have the gaul to ask for her back?? :headshake: :mad:

So he made "1" phone call for help and then gave up?? I would then be calling all my friends and offer to pay random strangers to come help me save my dog.

She should definitely not have to go back to her deserting OWNER, let her stay with her new FAMILY.
 
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Oh man...that pic of the dog in the pack choked me up a little.

If it was up to the public (and me!) I'm sure the rescuers (literal and figurative rescuers. Puts a whole new spin on the rescue concept!) would get to keep her but in the end it's up to a judge and proving abuse will be hard I think. Even abandonment ...if the owner can convince the judge they reasonably tried and are willing to pay compensation, s/he may side with the owners.

In my heart, it's a slam dunk but in the courts it is less so. Ihope the judge has a soft spot for dogs. Maybe even adopted a rescue in the past.
 
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