During a difficult hike last summer, a woman found a wounded dog while she was climbing and decided to carry him down the mountain to save his life. She carried this dog on her shoulders for over 6 hours! What an incredible, selfless act to save this precious animal.
Tia and 76-year-old her father had already been hiking for three hours last summer and made it to the top of the mountain. While they were climbing down, they crossed paths with an injured dog whose owners were nowhere in sight.
“He was pretty beat up,” Tia said. “He couldn’t walk.”
She knew that he wouldn’t be able to make it down the treacherous mountain in the shape he was in, so she picked up the 55-pound Springer Spaniel, placed him on her shoulders, and made the descent down the mountain. The hike ended up being 6 miles and took her 6.5 hours to get to the bottom.
“We had to hike through snow, we lost the trail at one point,” explains Tia. “It was one of the hardest things that I have done in my life.”
At one point during the hike, her father took a picture of her laying down for a break with the dog sitting on her. The weight of the dog with the difficulty of the hike had her almost in tears, and Tia explains how she had to turn to prayer to get through the rest of the hike after her break.
“I got underneath him to pick him up to go again, and again felt the tears coming. I said a little prayer at that point, because the weight was hurting my neck, I had a really bad headache, my legs just felt like they were going to crumble at any moment,” Tia shares. “As I said that prayer, I literally felt the weight lift off of my shoulders and I thought ‘Ok, there must be a lost hiker that’s behind me helping me. So, I turned around, probably five or six times, looking for someone. There was nobody there. At that point I knew that divine intervention was happening. I was getting help.”
Once she got to the bottom of the mountain, she saw a note about the lost dog, whose name was Boomer. After calling the owners, Tia found out that they had unleashed Boomer while they were hiking, and he had run onto a snow-covered crevasse and slipped off. He had fallen from a one-hundred-foot cliff! Thankfully, only his front paw was badly injured, and an upcoming surgery will hopefully have him using that paw again.