Danny Hartung and Kelly McDuffie love to go hiking. It is their way to release stress from their usual routine. In one of their hikes, though, Hartung and McDuffie did not expect that they will engage themselves in a rescue operation. They were able to find a dog that was missing for 11 days already.
Before they started their hiking, the two were aware that there is a missing dog named Max. Max’s posters were all over the Shenandoah National Park. Hartung and McDuffie did not mind about the announcements because they are focused on their scheduled hike.
In a report released by authorities, the Golden Retriever went missing on July 4. The same report said that Max went missing when the pooch walked in a different direction away from his family.
Since he went missing, Max’s owners and the authorities tried their best to locate the dog. They put food traps in the hopes that Max was playing pranks on them. They also used cameras to hasten the search. Their efforts, though, did not yield good results.
Good thing, it was buddies Hartung and McDuffie who found Max. The two friends attributed the success of the rescue to destiny. They shared that they were supposed to take the wilderness trail. The two, though, decided to veer away from the original plan.
This decision turned out to be the path that will bring them to where Max was. Hartung and McDuffie said that when they were traversing a steep spring, they noticed a dog trapped in the bushes. The dog seemed frightened. The dog turned out to be Max.
It was McDuffie who went near the dog. He was able to lure the dog using food and water. The dog looked weak during that time, so the two decided to call for help. Good thing, the park rangers were always on the go to help. Max then was reunited with his family, who later thanked the two hikers for saving the pooch.
Credits to Good Morning America.