Somehow a Beagle in Utah got stranded on the side of a cliff and rescuing her seemed impossible.
Rescuing humans and dogs can be dangerous as well as rewarding. As Shaund Roundy, a volunteer with the County Search and Rescue, said:
That's one of the things that makes search and rescue so rewarding is when you're on the way up the mountain to find somebody or when someone's injured and you're bringing them down, you just kind of realize...sometimes you get it from their perspective what a relief that is.
So when he heard that his neighbors' dog, Mary, had been stuck on an icy cliff during the coldest night of the year, he and the volunteers were glad to help. They were sure the dog would welcome the team.
But Mary was not happy to see them.
They tried the usual food lures to no avail. Then they had her owner talk to her on a walkie talkie. When she didn’t respond, they were afraid of frightening her off the cliff.
As darkness set in the rescue effort was too dangerous to continue. They left a pack of jerky, sardines, a granola bar and a bag with hand warmers inside so Mary would have a chance of surviving the night which was at least warmer than the night before.
But somehow during the night, before they had a chance to get back to the cliff, Mary figured out a way to get home.
She was checked by the local veterinarian and was a little bruised, but OK.
No one will ever know why she got up on the cliff on the coldest night of the year, why she resisted the rescuers, or how she got down. A little dog mystery.
If only Mary could type.