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Blind dog rescued after surviving a week alone in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Dan Estrada carries Sage, a 12-year-old blind Labrador retriever, out of a creek bed in the Santa Cruz Mountains last month. Sage went missing about a week earlier.
Dan Estrada carries Sage, a 12-year-old blind Labrador retriever, out of a creek bed in the Santa Cruz Mountains last month. Sage went missing about a week earlier.

Almost all hope was lost for a family when their blind 12-year-old Labrador retriever went missing in the Santa Cruz Mountains at the end of February, according to a story published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

The San Lorenzo Valley family searched day and night for Sage, but after more than a week, they could not find her. Coupled with cold nights and reported higher-than-normal mountain lion activity, they began to fear the worst, according to the Sentinel.

But the story turned out to be a happy one: On the eighth day of the dog’s disappearance, neighbor Dan Estrada discovered her lying in a creek, exhausted but alive, according to reports. A photo posted to Facebook shows Estrada carrying the dog on his back out of the woods.

“As soon as I saw her in the stream, I ran to her and I just dropped right there in the water and wrapped my arms around her and gave her a big hug and a kiss,” he told CBS San Francisco.

An avid dog lover himself, Estrada turned down a $1,000 reward from the family, according to CBS San Francisco.

Megan Henney: 805-781-7915, @megan_henney

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