Dog on Last Legs Saved From Death

by Mary Haight on July 7, 2010

Outdoorsman Zak Anderegg hikes, climbs, and videos his finds in the scenic canyons that run along the Arizona Utah border. The unexpected happened when he found a stray dog who had either fallen or been thrown several hundred feet into a cavern.  He was alone.  How could he save the dog without help? He tried to do the smart thing and call for help, and was refused. But he couldn’t just leave the dog to die down in that dark hole in the world.

Anderegg ended up risking his own life climbing down into a cavern several hundreds of feet below the surface to rescue the stray–and he gets it on film!  What a guy!  After the flood of recent bad news recalls, I found this great feel good story and wanted to share it. Enjoy!

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Source: Today Show

11 comments
Ben
Ben

Amazing story! It's incredible that this puppy didn't die when he fell down into the canyon. This man was very generous to save this dog and risk his life. If I lived near them I would adopt this dog. Good looking dog.

Jim@DoggyBytes
Jim@DoggyBytes

I saw this story and the interview with the rescuer earlier in the week. What a fantastic story and an awesome human being. This story is a stark contrast to how so many other's mistreat and abuse animals.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

It's true and the percentage is probably higher. Canyon areas are said to be dumping grounds for unwanted pets. Horrible. But it's notable when something great and unusal happens, like this story. Happy endings are still possible:)

Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart
Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart

Wow! Love this story. Thanks for posting it. I eschew the morning news shows (actually most news shows) because they drive me batty (said the reporter girl). I would have missed it w/o you.

EdieJ
EdieJ

Yes, it's very nice to have good news. Thanks for this, Mary. I got a kick out of the family dynamic as it seemed to be playing out on TV. The wife soooo wants to keep the dog! I think the husband, who is the hero of all heroes I hasten to say, is a bit irritated that the dog has bonded with her instead of with him.

C. Frances
C. Frances

Great, feel-good story! A great guy with a big heart! Thanks for posting it!

Amy@GoPetFriendly
Amy@GoPetFriendly

This is a great story! Zak is a great guy - I'm so glad he found this dog and didn't give up.

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