BOULDER CREEK, Calif. — A blind labrador retriever was miraculously found alive in the Santa Cruz mountains after being lost in the woods for eight days.
The Boulder Creek dog's rescue went viral on Facebook among San Lorenzo Valley residents who have weathered a wet winter and needed something positive to happen.
The sightless dog, named Sage, wandered into the forest on the night of Feb. 24 and vanished. Sage's owners mistakenly thought their pooch had been brought inside for the night.
Beth Cole said neighbors and friends helped her look everywhere for the beloved dog. But when seven days passed, hope began to fade. There were several mountain lion sightings that week, and overnight temperatures dropped.
"We'd almost given up hope," Cole said.