The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner recently published a story about a special dog. Her name is Abby, an 8 year old mixed breed.
Abby got lost during a snowstorm on December 13 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Abby was raised from an animal shelter puppy and is blind. Now her family was worried, especially her 3 special little boy owners, all under the age of 10.
Now Abby was lost, blind and all alone, with Alaska temperatures hovering at -40 degrees.
Mark May, a veterinarian, was running his dogs on December 19 and noticed Abby, but didn't stop to pick her up. Abby tried keeping up with Mark's large musher team, but after about a mile, fell off the pace.
Imagine the surprise at Dr. May's home the next day when Abby showed up. Abby had walked 10 miles to Mark's home and must have found her way by smelling the trail set by Mark the day before.
Ironically, Abby had no frostbite. Despite no tags or microchip, social media brought her back to the Grapengeter family once again. The community worked hard to find Abby and it paid off.
In the words of McKenzie Grapengeter, "they've given us the most amazing Christmas gift we could ever ask for."