A lost Boise dog is back home after nine months and a brutal winter alone in the Idaho mountains.
Mo, an elderly Chesapeake Bay Retriever, wandered away from her owners during a hunting trip on September 13 last year.
The 14-year-old’s owners, Darwin and Cindy Cameron, spent the next three months staying near the tiny hamlet of Horseshoe Bend about 30 miles north of their home in Boise while they desperately searched for Mo.
But when winter rolled around, deep snow and harsh conditions eventually made the search impossible.
Mo, a lost Boise dog, is back home after nine months and a brutal winter alone in the Idaho mountains
The Camerons were forced to essentially give up hope their beloved dog would ever make it back home.
But that all changed last month, when dog rescuer Cheri Glankler took in a starving retriever that had collapsed at a nearby ranch, the Idaho Statesman reports.
Glankler said she could tell from the dog’s disheveled appearance and skinny frame that she had been living on her own in the wild for quite some time.
The dog rescuer then posted photos of Mo on Facebook, and word quickly reached the Camerons that their pooch may have been found.
Mo, an elderly Chesapeake Bay Retriever, wandered away from her owners during a hunting trip on September 13 last year. She is pictured after being taken in last month by a rescuer
This map shows where the dog went missing while on a hunting trip with her owners last year. Mo’s owners live in Boise
The Camerons were initially hesitant to see the dog after receiving so many false alarms before Glankler’s call.
Prior to making the trip out to see Mo, Glankler warned them their dog had lost her hearing and half her body weight while surviving in the wild, and warned the couple she would not be exactly as they remembered her.
‘They all expect this kind of Disneyland response like you see sometimes in videos when veterans come home,’ she said.
‘And to be perfectly honest, that’s abnormal. People don’t understand that (the dogs) have gone into survival mode.’
But as soon as they arrived, the Camerons knew they had found Mo – despite the dog’s subdued behavior.
Darwin and Cindy Cameron are pictured as they were reunited with their beloved Mo after nine months
Mo is pictured after being taken in last month. The adorable dog survived the entire winter in the wild
Mo is pictured in the back of a car after being rescued, and resting in a yard prior to going missing (right)
After the reunion, the couple thanked all the people who came forward to make it possible.
‘The sheriff’s office, the hunters who set aside their tags and their hunting trips to help look for a lost dog,’ Darwin said.
‘Boy, we’re blessed to have her back.’
Glanker became very fond of the now 14-year-old dog during their brief time together and has nicknamed her ‘The Legend’ in honor of all she survived.
‘Who saved Mo? Mo saved Mo,’ Glankler said.
‘Even here when I would take her out on a lead, she was searching. She knew who she was looking for. She’s incredible.’