Dog Survives Over a Year in Woods Alone

April Livingston | April 10th, 2018

It’s no secret that dogs are pretty resilient animals. They are known for their keen instincts and ability to survive, even in the harshest conditions. But one dog really took that idea to the extreme recently. His story begins in a town called Gardiner in New York. That’s where he escaped from a veterinarian’s office and managed to travel over ten miles to nearby wooded area in Walden, New York. He’s lived in that area alone ever since that day. The three-year-old black Labrador was mostly living unseen, except for a few sightings here and there. That is, until last month when someone saw him standing near the edge of the woods, still wearing the collar given to him by his former owners. That person contacted Nicole Asher, who runs the Buddha Dog Rescue and Recovery (BDRR) and she stepped in to help.

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Nicole, who specializes in lost dog capture, set up a camera in the woods to get an eye on the dog. She also brought him food, treats, and even a few toys. Not long after, she set up an enclosure to hopefully trap the dog. He was very skittish and skeptical of new items, but after nearly a week he eventually found his way inside and he was finally safe. Nicole called the number on his collar, but sadly his family said they no longer had time for a dog and surrendered him to her.

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BDRR//Facebook

Luckily for the dog, who she named Bandit, was fairly healthy. He was living in an area of the woods where hunters frequently dump deer carcasses, so he rarely went hungry. However, he was very scared of people. He also contracted a few tick-borne illnesses from his time in the woods, but otherwise he is a very healthy dog. The rescue is working to get him used to being around people again and are looking to find a new home for him when he’s ready!

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