The Grapengeter family of Fairbanks, Alaska, had resigned itself to never seeing their blind, mixed-breed dog Abby again. The dog went missing on December 13 during a snowstorm, and temperatures at night had sunk to 40 degrees below zero.
But a week after she went missing, Abby turned up, none the worse for wear, at the home of a veterinarian.
“It’s amazing,” veterinarian and dog musher Mark May told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “No frozen ears, no frozen toes, she’ll probably go back home and it’ll business as usual. She’s no worse for wear but quite an adventure.”
Dr. May had spotted Abby in the snow while out on the trail “running” his dog team, but wasn’t able to stop quickly enough to pick her up. However, Abby followed the scent of Dr. May’s dogs and made her way to his house, about 10 miles away from where he had spotted her.
Although Abby didn’t have a tag on her or an identifying microchip, he was able to use social media throughout the community to find Abby’s owners.
By Christmas Eve, Abby was happily back home with her family, which includes three children aged 6, 9, and 10. Their mom, McKenzie Grapengeter, expressed her gratitude through tears.
“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.”
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