Lost dog returns home after being lost for 9 months

A lost Boise dog is back home after nine long months and a rough winter alone in the mountains of Idaho.

Mo, an elderly Chesapeake Bay Retriever, strayed away from her owners during a hunting trip last September.

Darwin and Cindy Cameron stayed near the tiny hamlet of Horseshoe Bend about 30 miles north of Boise for about three months searching for Mo. But due to harsh weather conditions the search was impossible to execute.

Reports say dog rescuer Cheri Glankler took in a starving retriever that had collapsed at a nearby ranch last month. Based on the dog’s initial shaggy appearance, it was evident that she had been living on her own in the wild, Glankler said. She uploaded pictures of the dog to Facebook, and word quickly reached the Camerons that Mo may have been found.

At first the Camerons were hesitant to see the dog after receiving so many false alarms before Glankler’s call.

Mo had lost her hearing and half her body weight while fighting for her life in the wild, and Glankler warned the couple that she would not be exactly as they remembered her.

“They all expect this kind of Disneyland response like you see sometimes in videos when veterans come home,” she said. “And to be perfectly honest, that’s abnormal. People don’t understand that (the dogs) have gone into survival mode.”

Despite Mo’s somber behavior, the Camerons recognized her through her mannerisms and other distinctive details.

The couple is forever thankful to all the people who came forward to make the reunion possible.

“The sheriff’s office, the hunters who set aside their tags and their hunting trips to help look for a lost dog,” Darwin said. “Boy, we’re blessed to have her back.”

Glanker became very fond of the now 14-year-old dog during their short time together and has nicknamed her “The Legend” in honor of all she survived.

“Who saved Mo? Mo saved Mo,” Glankler said. “Even here when I would take her out on a lead, she was searching. She knew who she was looking for. She’s incredible.”

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