After Hearing Cries in the Woods, Quick-Thinking Hikers Immediately Spring into Action
It can be hard to stay away from the depressing news that fills up most daytime television. Fortunately, there is always something bright to look for when you keep your eyes open. Not too long ago, a Reddit user by the name of Dangerm0use shared the story of finding a lost dog in a creek bed in the Mt. Glorious National Park. The tale seemed like a tear-jerker pulled straight from a Disney movie. Keep on reading and see if your eyes stay dry by the end of the story!
Welcome to Mt. Glorious
Located at the southern edge of the D’Aguilar Range are Mount Glorious and its surrounding national park. Known for being one of Northern Brisbane’s best bushwalking exploration areas, Mt. Glorious is often frequented by visitors with a taste for the outdoors. Who wouldn’t want to spend an afternoon hiking in this beautiful expanse?
Beauty of Nature
Just looking at the view makes it easy to see why so many people would yearn to hike the trails located in the area. Visitors will get to see the lush rainforest, tall palm trees, tiny birds, and a myriad of other animals and insects. To put it bluntly, this is the perfect place to go if you want to feel like you are part of the natural world.
A Private Getaway
Not only do hikers get to taste the outdoors, but they can also get away in a private retreat. Mt. Glorious is a wonderful blend of natural wonder and the adaptation capabilities of mankind. No matter how you slice it, Mt. Glorious is an incredible getaway for willing travelers. Unfortunately, it would probably also be one of the worst places in the world to lose your dog.
Our Story Begins
As it turns out, the adorable Elly-Bobby made a habit of sneaking away from her home. One day, her owner Bobby forgot to close the gate to their yard. Before he knew it, Elly was gone. Elly vanished on June 30th, 2016 and Bobby was quick to mount a retrieval plan. He quickly began to share posters on social media while also posting flyers all over the area near his house. Despite all of his effort, the prospect of finding Elly-Bobby was still doubtful.
Meet Our Heroes
We’ve gotten ahead of ourselves. Let’s dial the clock back to July 24th, 2016. Jessica Paton, Luke McMillan, and Jessica’s father, Graham, were on their way to Mount Glorious National Park. The goal was an adventurous hike through the natural wonder that Australia is so proud of. The goal was to start their trip by hiking to a beautiful collection of rock pools.
That’s Not A Dog
When Jessica and her group were hiking, they heard loud splashing in the creek around the bend of the trail. Their first thought was one of caution. After all, if you know anything about Australia then you’ll know how dangerous the wildlife can be. Their first thoughts were of a kangaroo or a platypus playing in the water. Can you imagine walking up on one of those?
Cries in the Woods
Knowing that they had to be careful, the three hikers decided to act cautiously. They approached the sounds of splashing in the water but they could not have possibly been prepared for what they would find! As they approached the rocky pools located deep in the heart of the national forest, they were stunned by what they would find.
After cautiously cresting the hill that led to the noise, Jessica and her group were floored by what they would find. Stuck deep in the water and clinging to a rocky shoal, Jessica’s heart would break at the sight of little Elly-Bobby. The dog had clearly gotten trapped in the water and was on the verge of death via exhaustion.
The Missing Pup
As you’ve already read, Elly-Bobby’s owner was frantically trying to find his missing little girl. However, she wasn’t recovered due to the missing posters. In fact, it was mere happenstance that she happened to be rescued by a pair of hikers who had happened to be in the area. Talk about luck!
Deciding to Help
Elly-Bobby was stuck on a rock, shivering and exhausted. It was clear to see that she didn’t have much longer left to live if she were left in the water. Still, Jessica, Graham, and Luke couldn’t risk injury to themselves. What if the dog attacked them when they tried to help?
One Lucky Puppy
If Jessica and her group had walked up on an Australian kangaroo, their day would have been dramatically different. Instead, as you know, they found the exhausted Elly-Bobby stuck in the current. She had clearly been in the water for a prolonged period of time. The water was freezing and death by exposure was sure to come for the poor dog.
A Hardy Breed
By this point in time, Elly-Bobby had been missing for nearly a full month. How she had managed to get lost in a forest preserve with only minor signs of exposure remains anyone’s guess. What we do know, however, is that Elly-Bobby benefited greatly from being such a hardy breed.
Crafting a Rescue Plan
Completely drained and exhausted from being lost in the woods, it was clear that the little dog didn’t have much time left. To make matters worse, Jessica and her group were unsure as to how to approach helping the dog. She was stuck in deep water off of a rocky island and they were unsure if she would attack them during the rescue.
Elly-Bobby is a crossbreed between a Bull Terrier and a Mastiff. As a result, she has wide shoulders, a strong jaw, and some serious power in her legs. We have no doubt that she probably ran into her fair share of predators while living life on the run. A smaller dog would have likely died from exposure. We’re lucky that Elly-Bobby didn’t!
Ready to be Saved
Though they didn’t know it at the time, Elly-Bobby had always been a sweetheart. Her current predicament only made the gentle dog more than ready to be rescued. So, after carefully testing the depth of the water, the heroic hikers approached the dog. Elly-Bobby didn’t resist the hikers at all!
Stuck in the Mud
While Elly-Bobby looks comfortable in this picture, which was used to identify the pup, she certainly was not having a good time while trapped in Mt. Glorious. In fact, were it not for Jessica and her group, Elly-Bobby would have eventually drowned in the creek. Elly-Bobby had exhausted herself trying to get out of the water, but she could find no purchase. She was on the edge of exhaustion, as you saw.
What are the Odds
Mount Glorious has a population of 279 people. The region was established in the 20th century. The forest that we are looking at now covers almost 100 square miles. This really puts into perspective the good luck that Elly-Bobby had on her side. What were the odds that she’d ever be found?
A Little Skittish
Lukas, Jessica, and Graham worked quickly to get little Elly-Bobby out of the water. While the dog was completely exhausted, she still wasn’t ready to trust her saviors. Inf act, mustering what little energy that she had left, Elly-Bobby was quick to hide in the brush. The hikers knew that they needed a new solution.
A Creative Solution
While Elly-Bobby had survived on her own for a couple of weeks, it was unlikely that she could keep it up. The hikers had to come up with a plan and they had to do it fast. First, they cornered Elly-Bobby so that she could not run away.
A Bonding Experience
In order to find a way to save the dog, they needed the pup to trust them. Jessica slowly approached the tired dog with her hand reaching out. Elly-Bobby licked Jessica and soon the two were bonding. While this was an important hurdle to clear, they weren’t out of the woods yet!
Out of the Woods
Dealing with wild animals is always dangerous. When Jessica and her crew decided to help Elly-Bobby, they were putting themselves at serious risk! They couldn’t have known whether Elly-Bobby was domesticated or if she was simply a wild dog. Fortunately, the group was able to verify that Elly-Bobby was domesticated by seeing that she had been fixed.
Not A Leash Lover
To say that Elly-Bobby disliked the leash would be an understatement. The lost dog was quick to panic and, as a result, the hikers had to come up with a new plan. If the dog wasn’t comfortable with the leash, what could they do?
A New Plan Begins
At this point, Elly-Bobby had shown that she was willing to trust them. Still, the dog was unwilling to cooperate with a leash. It was easy to tell that this dog enjoyed her independence. With Elly-Bobby growing increasingly skittish, the hikers needed to come up with a realistic solution that allowed the dog to stay comfortable and cooperative.
Canvas to the Rescue
Fortunately, the hikers remembered that they had canvas tarp stashed in their truck! Canvas tarp should be on the wishlist of every hiker and camper in the country. The material is incredibly durable, weather-proof, and flexible. As you can see in this picture, your canvas tarp can even be used as a makeshift shelter. For Jessica and the gang, their tarp was the perfect rescue vehicle.
Less Than Enthused
While Elly-Bobby was less than enthused about the canvas tarp, it still marked an improvement over the leash. After all, Elly-Bobby was too tired to walk. What were the hikers going to do with the canvas?
Going for a Ride
At this point, the hikers obviously didn’t know Elly-Bobby’s real name. Due to her bulk in the tarp carrier, they started to call her Miss Piggy. The dog weighed 88 lbs, so you know that the hikers were feeling that weight! Elly-Bobby looks less than confident in the vehicle.
Finally Calming Down
While the canvas carrier wasn’t ideal, Elly-Bobby quickly warmed up to the concept. Here you can see that she had already begun to trust the hikers. Still, dragging Elly-Bobby by a tarp wasn’t an ideal solution. What could they do?
Grab That Stick
Dog-related problems should always be solved by fetching a stick. Here, we see Luke and Graham find a stick that was heavy-duty enough to support the weight of Elly-Bobby. Their goal was simple. They wanted to hoist Elly-Bobby up on the stick in order to carry her to their vehicle!
A Little Concerned
At this point in time, Elly-Bobby was completely trusting the hikers. Still, it was clear to see that she had her own reservations about their rescue plan. Or maybe she was concerned that Graham was wearing sandals with socks. Either way.
Quite the Hike
With an actionable solution, the hikers quickly got to work carrying Elly-Bobby down the mountain. If you thought that hiking was hard, this has to take the cake! Add 88lbs of nervous dog to your next hike and you’ll definitely feel the burn!
Fit for a Princess
Once the show got on the road, Elly-Bobby was quick to acclimate to the ride. Here we see the little dog truly relaxing, probably for the first time in weeks. The hike down the mountain would take over 30 minutes and it took a shared effort by all parties.
One Happy Pup
Once the hikers made it back to their vehicle, the next step of their journey was to begin. Elly-Bobby was already looking significantly better and her tail was constantly wagging. Still, how would they find her owner?
Rescue Operation Almost Complete
After more than a month on her own, Elly-Baby was finally in safe hands. Not only did Jessica and Luke save Elly-Bobby’s life, but they also took her to safety while they tried to find her owner. Here we see Elly-Baby safely in the backseat of Luke’s car while they were still calling her Miss Piggy. At this point in time, they had no CLUE who her real owner was!
A Grateful Owner
While Elly-Bobby had been missing for almost a month, her owner had never quit looking for her. He had papered the town with lost-dog flyers while also filling reports with local park rangers and law enforcement officers. Despite all of his hard work, it would be social media that saved the day!
Social Media to the Rescue
Luke would make a post on the ‘lost pet’s page’ for the surrounding area. In a turn of luck that could only be described as miraculous, Elly-Bobby’s owner responded! While people rightfully malign social media, it ended up being the hero in this situation!
Here we see a map of Mount Glorious. Located 19 miles away from Brisbane, this area of Australia can be easy to get lost in. Known for the local national parks, hikers come from all over the world in order to see the natural wonder.
A Truly Lucky Dog
Here we can see a view of the local park from Mount Nebo, a nearby mountain. Can you imagine finding a lost dog in this wilderness? Elly-Bobby was as lucky as her owner. The odds were always against them, so it is nice to see how it all worked out for them.
A Miraculous Rescue
While it is easy to celebrate Elly-Bobby’s rescue now, all of the variables that went into her being found are almost hard to believe. Elly-Bobby was lost for a month. She somehow managed to hike up into a national park, whereupon she avoided deadly animals. After getting trapped in water, about to drown, she just happened to be found by kind hikers with the means to rescue her.