FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A rescue dog from Fort Collins survived living in the wilderness of Wyoming for 60 days.
“Hank” ran away from his family during a vacation to southern Wyoming in August. His owners were skeet shooting and the loud noises spooked the dog.
“Unfortunately, while we were out back shooting, someone left the back door open and sure enough he bolted,” said Travis Whitsitt, Hank’s owner.
Whitsitt and his wife Tiffany searched for Hank for hours, but he was nowhere to be found.
They put up missing dog posters, searched nearby campgrounds and asked everyone along the way if they had seen Hank.
“They say that typically if you make it to that 30 days then it’s time to start getting realistic — which I guess we did,” Travis Whitsitt said.
In all, 60 days had passed. Then something remarkable happened. Travis Whitsitt received a phone call from Home Again Pet Services saying someone had found Hank.
Apparently, the microchip implanted in Hank helped the company track down his owners.
“[A] truck pulls up and his head is poking out the window it was just — I don’t know — surreal because I didn’t think I’d ever see him again,” Tiffany Whitsitt said, choking back tears.
Aside from losing 20 pounds, Hank was in perfect shape.
How he survived remains a mystery. Hank was located about an hour from where he disappeared.
“You should never completely lose hope because you can be the family that beats the odds,” Travis Whitsitt said.