One of the most comforting and enjoyable activities that people who live near the mountains can carry out is to put on sturdy pants, a pair of boots and go mountaineering. It is something that not only serves to strengthen our body and joints, but it can also be a very comforting activity, which will connect us with nature, as well as with the rhythm of our body.
Likewise, when we leave home to seek adventures like this, we must be prepared for any surprise or unexpected event.
That is what Jean-Francois Bonnet and Ciara Nolan, a medical couple living in Wicklow, Ireland, went through when they decided to hike a nearby mountain range.
The couple had no plans to do anything more than climb a couple of mountains and enjoy nature, but finding an abandoned Labrador retriever meant they had to drastically change their plans.
It was already very strange to find a dog in the place and the height to which they had climbed. But this was secondary when they noticed the bad state in which the animal was. Doing a quick review, they ruled out that she was injured. But the fatigue she exhibited, probably caused by having eaten little or nothing for several days, as well as the amount and extent of the cold to which she had been exposed, meant that she was extremely weakened.
While trying to help him, Jean-Francois Bonnet and Ciara Nolan noticed that the dog could not walk.
They chose to try to carry her in their arms, but the system was not efficient: they were still five hours away and a little more than 10 miles from anywhere they could help you. Using a scarf as a sling, the couple managed to make a kind of stretcher, with which they managed to support the weight of the animal.
So that the dog would not suffer, they also equipped her with the jacket that they had brought as a spare.
Upon reaching her house, Jean-Francois Bonnet and Ciara Nolan gave her food and put the dog in front of a stove. When contacting the authorities, they discovered that the dog had an owner. Erina O’Shea Goetelen, owner of the dog, told Irish Cases about her experience:
“When she got home, she was a bit off. I think he suffered from PTSD for the first few hours. He slept next to my son's bed, which he doesn't normally do. She is wagging her tail here. You wouldn't say there's anything wrong with him, apart from his weight. She is lying in her basket and she is very happy and content. She is curled up in bed sleeping, but gets up every now and then to give herself a massage. Raise your head to look at us. ”
– Erina O'Shea Goetelen for Irish Cases–