The Grapengeter family of Fairbanks, Alaska is grateful that their beloved rescue dog has been returned to them thanks to Facebook.
The 8 year old mixed breed named Abby is blind. Abby had become lost in temperatures that dipped to below zero- way below, in fact, at nearly -40 degrees Celsius. Her frantic family was worried that their sweet rescued dog would freeze to death in the harsh Alaskan weather. They reported the dog missing and searched for her, but Abby was nowhere to be found. Owner McKenzie Grapengeter said her family had just about lost all hope.
Then, days before Christmas – in what is being described as a ‘Christmas miracle’- the dog, lost in mid-December was found and returned to her owners.
Over a week after Abby was lost, Mark May, a local veterinarian and musher, saw a small dog curled up along the trail while running his dog team. Unfortunately, May wasn’t able to stop to for her then. The little brown and white dog chased alongside his dog team.
“It ran with us for about a mile on the way home before she fell off the pace, but I had a big dog team so I couldn’t grab it. I said, “boy I hope it finds somebody’s house.”
The next day Abby did find a house! She found May’s house. Apparently she had followed him home.
May said Abby “was sitting there, all the way from the winter trail down into this neighborhood. May picked her up and brought it into his home.
The verterinarian examined the dog. “No frozen ears, no frozen toes..“ She appeared to be no worse for the wear. But he needed to find her family, and the little dog had no tags and was not microchipped.
So May started to seach for the owners. He shared the story of the found dog and her description with his friends and family and they, in turn, shared with others.
Soon, emails and Facebook posts were circulating on the internet. A neighbor of the Grapengeter’s saw a posting, recognized the dog and called McKenzie Grapengeter
On Christmas Eve, Abby was home cuddling with her family under the tree-and sporting a new ID tag on her collar.
“We’re so grateful for all their hard work,” McKenzie Grapengeter said, tearfully. “This community is so amazing, we would have never seen her again if it wasn’t been for the people. They’ve given us the most amazing Christmas gift we could ever ask for and we are all so grateful to them. It’s a miracle, there’s no other words to describe it,’ she said, her voice cracking. We never expected to have her to be returned safe and alive.”