Sometimes, every one of us needs a helping hand, and our pets are no exception.
This happened to a family in Salt Lake City, Utah went for a hike one fall day with their 190-pound mastiff Floyd. The steep trail they followed awarded them with majestic views of Salt Lake Valley, but their adventure took a bad turn on the way down.
After noticing Floyd had collapsed with a long way to go, concerned hikers began calling the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s department around 6:30 p.m.
When Amy Sandoval was hiking Grandeur Peak Trail with her brother, Floyd’s owner, and a few other family members, they went the wrong way on the descent. They had to navigate an overly challenging section with Floyd and a 10-year-old in tow. They eventually managed to get back on the trail, but Floyd was done.
Even though the family had tried to bring enough water for their sweet pet, they started to run low. Luckily, many kind fellow hikers stopped to assist them, offering them water because they’d given all of theirs to Floyd. “A vet also stopped to examine Floyd and recognized what bad shape he was in,” Amy said.
But them running out of water wasn’t the only concern. The sun was going down, and they had to get the young children with them out of the cold. Most of their group kept going, but Amy said, “My brother never left his side. He was going to sleep with him overnight.”
But he luckily didn’t have to because help was on the way!
Some members of Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team headed two miles up the trail to reach Floyd and his human. They knew they had their work cut out for them after taking one look at the big dog!
They managed to put the 3-year-old mastiff in a litter and proceeded to carry him down the mountain, taking the journey one careful step at a time. The sheriff’s office later reported, “Floyd was a good boy and was happy to be assisted.” The rescue mission took about four hours, even with his cooperation, but everyone made it safe and sound!
And Floyd and his family couldn’t be more grateful for the lift! “He’s resting well at home,” Amy said later. “I am SO relieved this turned out and my brother and Floyd got off the mountain. Thank you, search and rescue volunteers!”
Even though that’s a big job, these wonderful rescuers took it all in stride! Floyd will most likely need about a week of relaxation to recover from his daring weekend adventure. And maybe he’ll stick to the dog park from now on!
Click below to watch Floyd’s rescue below.
Our patient Floyd tonight being carried down Grandeur Peak.Please visit our website and donate if you can: http://saltlakesearchandrescue.org/donation/
Posted by Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue on Sunday, October 13, 2019