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Loyal dog alerts hikers to owner's body after staying by his side for over a week

P8010053_thumb By Tamara | August 22, 2012 | Comments (6)

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Hikers have discovered the body of an elderly man who went missing for over a week, thanks to his faithful dog who stayed by his side the entire time. The man and his dog were found in Roßleithen region of Upper Austria.

rescue workers retrieved the body of a missing hiker and his dogThe 73-year-old had gone missing on August 15 after he attended an AlmWandertag (a "hiking day") in Rosenau am Hengstpass. According to friends, the man was found in the Saurüsselmauern area, which he knew well. It is thought that he may have gotten disoriented in the dark, lost his footing and fallen roughly 50 metres down a steep embankment.

It was his dog's barking which alerted the nearby hikers to the man’s whereabouts. They found his loyal dog by his side, guarding him. Throughout the week, search parties looking for the missing man had been unsuccessful in locating him. The dog and the man's body were transported out of the area by helicopter.


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I'd like to follow-up on this for more info; maybe check on the status of the dog. Does anyone have any more specific info or ideas for obtaining more info, other than general e-mail searches? Thanks. Jim
Dogs are the superior species. I don't know of any human who would do this... I hope someone who will care for him for the rest of his life.....
I sure do like dogs better than people.
God bless this dog for his loyalty to his Dad! Were it not for him, who knows how long it would have been before his body was discovered? Animals know more about loyalty than humans ever will.
Loyalty, such a beautiful quality. So few people have it. Animals seem 2 possess an unmeasurable amount. Love & loyalty given unconditionally is a dream come true, humans: TAKE A LESSON!
leave it to a Berner to stay with his Dad...most loyal breed in my eyes...I have 2 and they are always by my side.
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