A guy and his injured dog were rescued 3 miles up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail on Mount Washington in New Hampshire by a group of strangers.
The dog’s paws had been wounded by dry, hard rock, rendering him immobile. Other rocks were slippery and dangerous, the hill was steep, and the dog, a 90-pound rottweiler named Odin, was on the loose. The frightened dog had to be carried down the stairs.
Winston, Odin’s owner, was a first-time hiker. He was out of food and water, and he didn’t have any nighttime gear. Unfortunately, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department does not provide assistance to dogs who have been wounded while hiking.
The big dog had to be rescued by people.
Two of the hikers who ascended the mountain to aid were Jeannine Robbins and Christina Cozzens.
Hikers who had passed Winston and Odin posted a notice on Facebook, which Robbins and Cozzens saw. It was stated in the mail that it was urgent. It inquired as to whether or not anyone had a dog harness.
The trek was over three kilometres long.
“My mind started to think, ‘How are we going to get the dog out,’ ” Cozzens told Valley News. “This was super-technical. Very wet rocks. Very slippery.”
Robbins had carried her dog’s harness with her. She had bought one over two years ago, not knowing if she would ever use it.
By late morning, six strangers had arrived at the spot. Odin’s paws were wrapped with gauze. After that, they put the dog in the harness and started climbing down.
After 15-minute shifts, the harness was passed back and forth between the two men.
“We talked the whole way down,” Cozzens said. “We had nine hours together, and we had to put a lot of trust in each other.”
Hikers began to approach them, bringing food and drink with them at every turn. Around two dozen hikers had joined the initial six hikers before the end of the trip.
The New Hampshire Animal Rescue Team and Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, both charities, met them in the parking lot.
Robbins said she was weary and hungry but delighted as she drove home.
“I looked at my dog,” Robbins said, holding her dog harness. “I told him, ‘Appa, you’re lucky you’ve never had to use one of these.’ “Follow Us