A Bernese Mountain Dog was rescued after 12 days after he ran away on Mount Seymour. Photo: Flicker
A Bernese Mountain Dog who has been missing on a mountain in North Vancouver, British Columbia for nearly two weeks has been rescued. Two-year-old Ohly was being walked with another dog and a friend of his family'son a snowshoe trek on November 25 in an area of the mountain called Suicide Gully. However, because Ohly suffers from separation anxiety, Ohly took off looking for his owner, Steve Goad, and the rest of his family.
Ohly just after he was rescued. Photo: Flicker
When Ohly was spotted on Thursday, dog lovers started to coordinate rescue efforts on the Find Ohly Facebook page, which the Goad family had set up to assist with finding the dog. His family had been searching for Ohly with the help of volunteers and friends. They also hired a pet searcher to see if a bloodhound could catch Ohly's scent. The volunteer rescuers had come close to the dog on Thursday afternoon and attempted to coax him to them with food, but he kept running away.
Volunteers camped out, 2 days prior to Ohly's rescue. Photo: Facebook
With increased snowpack and dangerous weather conditions on Mount Seymour, authorities became concerned for the general public's safety. The area is known for avalanches and treacherous terrain.
Suicide Gully, where Ohly was found.
North Shore Search and Rescue sent out a helicopter on Saturday along with teams of their highly-trained volunteers and located the dog trapped in the deep ravine. Ohly was caught and helicoptered out to safety. Remarkably, when checked over by a veterinarian, Ohly was a dehydrated and had a small fever, but otherwise all right.
North Shore Search and Rescue used a helicopter to transport Ohly from the mountain. Photo: Flicker
His owners posted thanks and news of their reunion on the Find Ohly Facebook page, “Thank you to all the volunteers, Facebook supporters, and North Shore Search & Rescue for bringing Ohly home,” posted the Goad family. "Best Christmas present ever."
Ohly, happy to be rescued. Photo: Flicker
One of the members of the North Shore Search and Rescue team (Ryan), filmed video of the rescue effort. Shot from 1st person perspective, it gives a great view of entering Suicide Gully to get to Ohly. Ohly makes an appearance towards the end at the 10:41 mark.
North Shore Search and Rescue is asking for support in recovering the $7000 in costs to operate the helicopter for the rescue of Ohly. Donations can be made through their website.
Ohly heading home. Photo: Facebook
Ohly getting rehydrated. Photo: Facebook