A 17-Year-Old Deaf Dog Finally Gets Rescued After Sleeping Alone In A State Park For 4 Days


A 17-year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever from Connecticut named Sadie, slipped her collar on a walk and became lost for 4 days. Thankfully, with the help of social media and caring people, she was found.


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Sadie was rescued in 2004 from an animal shelter in Durham, NC. Her longevity goes to show that she has been happy and active with her family. Sadie still goes for walks with her humans. In fact, Sadie was out for a walk when she slipped out of her collar and headed for a nearby park.


Her humans searched the park with the help of dog trackers, drones and an infrared camera. When they could not find her, they made flyers and posted on Facegroup groups. They asked for people to comment on any possible sightings of their beloved dog. Then 4 days after she became lost, a hiker in Sleeping Giant State Park posted that he heard a dog howling.


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Sadie was in a ravine and howling. Steve Tobey, a North Haven resident rushed out to find her. Tobey had been out searching for her before. “I was just praying that I would find something and I stopped in a spot and the dog started barking. I thought it was on a ledge but it was under the ground,” Tobey explained.


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Sadie’s Dad Was Very Worried, Then Relieved To Find Her


Russell Lewis, another good samaritan then entered the rescue scene. He went into the ravine and put a leash around Sadie and helped to lift her out. Meanwhile Sadie’s dad, Chris Roush breathed a sigh of relief. He said,

“I hadn’t seen this dog in four days and she’s been with me for 15 years, so I’d thought I’d lost her.”


Sadie was very tired and dehydrated but she is recovering despite her advanced years. She had cuts on her legs, but no broken bones.


Her dad posted an update on social media. He wrote,

“Sadie update: She is at the vet this morning and doing much better! We are so thankful for all the help in finding her and rescuing her.”


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Here’s hoping that Sadie makes a full recovery and has more happy days to live with her humans.

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