FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A blind dog who wandered away from her Ester home during a cold snap has been reunited with her owner.
The 11-year-old Labrador retriever named Madera ventured away from home on Feb. 6, when the temperature dipped below 40 degrees.
Her owner Ed Davis says he didn’t expect to find her alive.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a man riding a bike accompanied by a bell-wearing dog located Madera in the woods last week, about a half-mile from the Davis’ home.
Davis says his dog lost 14 pounds but is in good health.
The man who rescued her, Constantine Khrulev, asked for the $100 reward money to go to the Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund. Davis increased the donation to $250.
Madera is completely blind because of an autoimmune disease.