Last month a woman in British Columbia, Canada, was on a hike in the forest with three dogs when she fell, became injured and unable to continue. In the process she also lost her phone. Annette Poitras, 56, a professional dog walker, found herself in a dire situation. Her companions, a border collie named Chloe, a boxer named Roxy, and a puggle names Bubba (a pug-beagle mix), took charge.
Poitras was unsure of what to do in the situation. She had no supplies and at times the rain was torrential. She put her coat over the short-haired boxer when she noticed the dog shivering with cold. When she saw one of the dogs digging in the underbrush to create a warm, protected place to curl up she did the same.
For two days and two nights they all waited for help. One dog would stay and keep her warm. Another dog would stand guard. The third dog would go forage for food. It was a coordinated team effort to survive in the wilderness.
Meanwhile, back home, Poitras' husband reported her as missing and an all out search for her was begun. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police with the help of more than 100 volunteers and a couple of helicopters went out to look for her in the wilderness near Eagle Mountain. Finally they heard barking and a faint cry for help. They found the four in an area well off the trail with dense bush and swamp.
Poitras was released from the hospital after several days and was looking forward to "quiet, peace, walking dogs, visiting family" now that her ordeal was over according to her husband.
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