A very loyal Jack Russell is on the mend after losing half of her body weight while sticking to her owner’s side for 72 days after he died on a Colorado hiking trail.
Finney, a three-year-old black and white Jack Russell terrier, accompanied her owner Rich Moore, 71, on a trip to the top of Blackhead Peak in the Colorado mountains on August 19.
Moore and the pup didn’t return from the hike – prompting a days-long search starting at his vehicle and expanding all the way to the mountain’s peak. The initial search efforts were unsuccessful – but on October 30 a hunter found Moore’s body with Finney by his side.
Finney had miraculously survived after 72 days in the mountains – but lost about half of her body weight leaving her ribs sticking out.
Three weeks later, Moore’s wife of 34 years Dana Holby told AP that the faithful pup was on the mend: ‘Finney is doing well. She has gained almost all of her weight back and her strength is almost where it was. She is the miracle dog.’
Finney, a three-year-old black and white Jack Russell terrier, accompanied her owner Rich Moore, 71, on a hiking trip to the top of Blackhead Peak in the Colorado mountains on August 19
Finney had miraculously survived after 72 days in the mountains – but lost about half of her body weight leaving her ribs sticking out
Rich Moore, 71, and his black and white Jack Russell, Finney. The pup had accompanied her owner on a hiking trip to the top of Blackhead Peak in the Colorado mountains on August 19 – but they were both reported missing
Moore’s wife of 34 years Dana Holby shared a picture of Finney now and said that the faithful pup was on the mend: ‘Finney is doing well. She has gained almost all of her weight back and her strength is almost where it was’
Rich Moore with his wife of 34 years, Dana Holby – who is now taking care of Finney. She says the pup is a ‘great companion on hikes’ and that the pair have saved each other following her husband’s tragic death
‘She is now 3, very clingy and will not let me out of her sight. Her ravenous appetite has calmed down, but at first she could not get enough to eat and wanted food at all times of the day and night,’ Holby added.
Finney – who has since returned to the Colorado hiking trails – has become a local legend on the trails with people recognizing her and asking Holby ‘is that Finney?’
Holby has started taking Finney on four-to-five mile hikes each day, and says Finney is a comfort to her and ‘a great companion on hikes’.
‘I know that she was with Rich to the very end and somehow that should be a comfort. I don’t know how she did it, but she was there when he needed her,’ said Holby.
Back in October – rescuers who had come to collect Moore’s body were able to coax loyal Finney away from his remains with a can of dog food – after loyally sticking by for three months.
The gaunt dog, who had dropped to around six pounds, was still wearing her purple collar with ‘Finney’ written on the tag, but the personnel said that she was so skinny it was drooping off of her neck.
Finney, who had most likely had to fend off other wildlife during the 72 days and nights alone in the mountains, had long scars on her nose.
It was only when the team offered starving Finney a can of wet beef dog food that she came close, and was able to be captured in a blanket by Roy Vega, Archuleta County’s Deputy Director of Emergency Management.
Finney, wrapped in a blanket, moments after being rescued. Her collar can still be seen around her neck
Finney has become somewhat of a local legend on the Colorado hiking trails – with his owner’s wife Dana Holby getting stopped by fellow hikers to ask ‘is that Finney?’
Back in October – rescuers who had come to collect Moore’s body were able to coax loyal Finney away from his remains with a can of dog food – after loyally sticking by for three months
The pup was starving to the point that she gripped on to the can of food with her teeth, refusing to let go and savoring every bite, because she had most likely been surviving on insects and chipmunks for the past three months. The only source of water for Finney to drink from was a nearby spring.
Moore’s body was found alongside his very loyal four-legged friend in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado.
It was determined that 71-year-old Moore had died from hypothermia during their trip to the summit.
Holby said she had not slept in two-and-a-half months when she received a knock at the door from a sheriff telling her the news.
In an interview with The Denver Gazette, she said: ‘I’m just grateful that she was with him. Rich did not want to get old. He wanted to climb mountains until he couldn’t, so here we are.’
Holby said that she had often warned her husband to not hike in Blackhead Peak alone.
The tiny dog was ‘a little light at the end of the tunnel,’ Sheriff Mike Le Roux said.
Now, Holby lays her husband’s clothes all over the house so that Finney can smell him – and she lets the little dog nuzzle her snout on her pillow at night.
The two of them, who have ‘saved each other from sorrow’ go everywhere together.
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