Lost Dog Found Safe After Surviving Brutal Winter in Idaho Mountains

Pam Wright
Published: July 12, 2017

An Idaho family is overjoyed because their lost dog was found after surviving a brutal winter in the Idaho mountains.

"It's wonderful to have her home," Darwin Cameron told Good Morning America on Tuesday.

Cameron said their 14-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever, Mo, wandered off in September. Darwin and his wife, Cindy Cameron, searched for months for their lost pooch but to no avail. 

"The day she went missing, the other guys took off and went hunting and I had to run to town. ... Mo was asleep on the couch and I came home and the grandson of one of our hunting partners had opened the door to play ball with Mo and when Mo realized I wasn't there she took off to find me," Darwin Cameron said.

As the months wore on, the couple came to believe there was little hope that Mo would ever return.   

"If you know anything about Idaho winters, this one was not a normal one. Record snowfalls, highest snowfalls and coldest temperatures in over 100 years," Darwin Cameron added. "So to think that she was smart enough and tenacious enough to figure out how to do that, that's pretty good for a little town dog, we're just amazed," he added.

Cheri Glankler, a farmer in Garden Valley, told the Iowa Stateman that she cared for Mo after she was found in June on a ranch near Horseshoe Bend. The dog had collapsed, had lost half her body weight and was covered in ticks and fleas.

In an attempt to find Mo's owners, Glankler posted photos of the dog on Facebook. Through her social media campaign, Mo was reunited with the Camerons, some nine months later.  

Although Mo went through quite the ordeal and was left deaf by the experience, Cindy Cameron said she is healing well.

"She's doing OK. She has arthritis but we're giving her some medication, she's walking a little better, she's gained some weight and it's wonderful to have her home," she said.

The couple says they are grateful for all the help and support they received from people throughout the ordeal.

"The sheriff's office, the hunters who set aside their tags and their hunting trips to help look for a lost dog," Darwin told the Statesman. "Boy, we're blessed to have her back."

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