FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Blind and alone in Alaska winter temperatures that dipped 40 degrees below zero, a lost 8-year-old Fairbanks dog wasn't given much of a chance to make it home.
But after walking 10 miles to the edge of a local musher's dog yard, Abby the brown-and-white mixed breed was found and returned to her owners, a family that includes two boys and one girl under the age of 10.
The dog that the family raised from a shelter puppy went missing during a snowstorm on Dec. 13, and the family never expected to see her again, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.
It's a miracle, there's no other words to describe it, said McKenzie Grapengeter. We never expected to have her to be returned safe and alive.
Musher and veterinarian Mark May said he came across the dog while running his team on Dec. 19, but didn't stop to pick her up.
It ran with us for about a mile on the way home before she fell off the pace, but I had a big dog team so I couldn't grab it, he said. I said, ‘Boy, I hope it finds somebody's house.'
The next day, the dog turned up at May's house.