Tom Pick, a Montana man, thought he would never see his dog Lizzie ever again.
But Lizzie, a three-year-old black Labrador retriever survived a week in the snowy backcountry after being swept away by a small avalanche.
Pick took Lizzie with him as he went backcountry skiing on Mount Blackmore. The dog had gotten ahead of him, and he was just about to tell Lizzie to move away from the ridge when a cornice broke 8 to 10 feet from the edge, sparking the avalanche.
All Pick saw was the scared look on Lizzie’s face as she was swept down the mountainside.
He said, “I’ll probably always see her eyes just looking up at me as she slid down into that thing. You could tell that she was scared.”
Pick made his way down the mountain to try and find his dog, and he searched again two days later, but he still could not find Lizzie.
But luckily, Jess Sullivan was out with his family riding snowmobiles when they noticed a black Lab at the lake, which was 5 miles away from where Lizzie got separated from Pick. The dog didn’t seem to belong to anyone and Sullivan called the number on her tag.
When Pick got the call that Lizzie had been found, he said, “We were right over there and picked her up. Other than a pretty good cut on her head that had already started to heal, other smaller cuts and losing somewhere between 5 and 10 pounds, she looked great.”
After a checkup from the vet, she is doing fine, but Lizzie won’t be joining Pick on any more mountain hikes.
Pick added, “Lizzie is, I think, officially retired. She’s going to stick to the low-angle terrain from now on.”
Source: Chicago Tribune
(Thanks Nancy G)