When their blind eight-year-old dog went missing from their remote Alaskan home in a heavy snowstorm, the Grapengeter family felt sure they’d never see her again. But after more than a week of searching in temperatures as low as minus 40C, Abby, a brown-and-white mixed-breed whom the Grapengeters rescued from an animal shelter as a puppy, turned up safe and sound at the home of a local vet.
Simply remarkable, and Abby the dog beat the odds. Blind, in a snow storm, honestly this sounds like a plot for a dog movie like one would see in the old Benji films. It pleases me that the family got their dog back. The dog is more than just an animal, they are family AND then some, if I may be so bold. This isn’t the first story I’ve heard of a lost dog traveling long distances to find its way back to its owners (even at a new place!). Yet, I have to wonder, would a cat be able to do this??
I had a blind dog, he was a little thing, when I was a child. Gizmo though was a true sport and a gentleman (if dogs can be such things). Though he didn’t care for the fact that my mother had a penchant for moving furniture around, he was always able to quickly adapt to the new layout. And while he couldn’t see, his nose more than made up for it, and so did his ears. I mean he had like Matt Murdock/Daredevil like senses, able to pick up stuf that even other dogs could not.
Gizmo was my first dog, no one wanted to buy him at Petland because he was blind. Being disabled, I knew what it was like to be different and deep down knew that this little blind Shih-tzu was gonna be my dog. We were the best of friends, though he really, you could say, he was more my dad’s friend! LOL That old man and him, they had some real adventures when he took him out for “walkies.” Gizmo later got sick, I won’t go into the whole story now, but he did actually wait for my father to come home from work to finally say his last good bye. It was truly a sad day that late August of 1994.
So I can only imagine what it was like for the Grapengeter family when Abby went missing. But look at what happened! Its stories like this that make me believe that there indeed is a God and/or good in this world. What a Christmas gift!