A Denver couple celebrated last week after two Good Samaritans rescued their dog from a snowy Grand County mountainside after the pup spent the night out in the cold.
Ice climbers George Meres and Franklin Jacobs are being hailed as heroes after scaling a rocky ridge near Berthoud Pass Feb. 4 to rescue Yoshi, a shiba inu who became separated from his owner during a back-country ski trip the day before. Before becoming the chief beneficiary of Meres and Jacob’s heroics, though, Yoshi had to spend a night outdoors in what Grand County officials described as near blizzard conditions.
Brandon Fox was skiing through the area with Yoshi on Feb. 3 when man and beast became separated, Fox told Sky-Hi news last week. After hours of frantic searching, Fox spotted his dog perched high on a rocky ledge below a snowfield.
Fox’s girlfriend, Liat Arochas, joined him at the base of the ridge. Unable to reach the dog on their own, the two called for help. Grand County Search and Rescue, occupied with another assignment and concerned by the near white-out conditions at the time, declined to attempt a rescue that evening, Sky-Hi News reports. The couple had to leave Yoshi until the following day.