David Alt from Vancouver, Washington was camping at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest with his 10-year-old Shiba Inu named Niko. Accompanying them was David’s friend.
While the two men were at the campsite, the fur dad decided to let Niko off his leash. The pooch happily went exploring on his own.
Niko checked in with David and his friend from time to time, but he immensely enjoyed his freedom. The trouble started when the Shiba Inu wandered into the road.
The men suddenly heard the screech of car tires, and they rushed to see what had happened. David arrived just as Niko turned tail and ran off into the woods, a look of surprise and fear in his eyes.
The driver got out and told David that she had hit the pooch. She was just as stunned as Niko was; she didn’t think he would survive the accident, but he did.
There was no blood on either the car or the ground, so David assumed that Niko fled mostly because of distress, not pain. The fur dad then went deeper into the forest to look for the dog.
Unfortunately, David failed to find the Shiba Inu, so he resumed his search the following day. He ended up spending a month returning to the campsite with his son Caden nearly every day to see if Niko had turned up.
The family recruited volunteers to comb the woods, and they posted missing dog flyers around the area. David and Caden also took to social media to ask for help.
Thanks to the Alts’ Facebook post, more people became aware of the missing dog. So when two men camping at the same spot caught sight of Niko just a hundred yards away, they knew who to call.
David and Caden met them at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The reunion between Niko and his family was emotional for everyone; even the campers were shedding tears of joy.
The Shiba Inu was 15 pounds lighter and a little slow-moving after the ordeal. His veterinarian also says Niko may never gain back the muscle mass he lost.
But the 10-year-old pooch is recovering well, and he’s already back to his old playful self. Watch Niko with David and Caden here:
An amazing reunion. After 31 days lost in the woods, Niko the dog is back with his family. STORY: bit.ly/2MLRzZS
Posted by FOX 12 Oregon on Friday, August 30, 2019
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