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Published on December 17th 2019
A couple's dramatic rescue of their beloved dog Katie after 57-days in the wild

Katie, with Carole and Verne King
Katie, with Carole and Verne King
Photo: nytimes.com

Carole and Verne King live near Spokane, Washington and enjoy visiting the Montana wilderness about 250-miles from their home.

One night while staying in Kalispell, Montana a thunderstorm struck.

After returning to their hotel, they learned their 7-year-old Border Collie Katie had fled in terror.

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Kalispell is near Glacier National Park, a vast rugged wilderness. To find Katie, the couple began a desperate search.

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
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"Every night going to bed, it was gut-wrenching," Verne told The New York Times. "Is she warm? Did she get to eat today? It tore us up."

Devastated, they posted Katie's photo on Facebook and on Internet lost-pet sites.

They also ran classified ads, put up posters all over town, knocked on doors and gave out flyers.

Soon the community joined them in forming search teams.

Finally, Verne had to return home but Carole quit her job to continue the search.

Tips came in but none were fruitful until one day a resident spotted a dog that matched Katie's description.

Carole and others rushed to the scene, and Katie appeared from a grove of trees.

"After we found her," said Carole, "It was tears, it was everybody high-fiving, it was just sheer joy."

Katie, with Carole and Verne King
Katie, just after being found.
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Katie was dirty, dehydrated, frightened and 15-pounds lighter but had survived in the wilderness among bears, mountain lions and wolves for nearly 2-months.

But the celebration didn't stop there. When Katie reached home, there was another heartwarming reunion as Verne smothered her with love.

In the end it was persistence and a community that came together to help the Kings rescue their beloved dog.

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