For close to five months, two women named Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba were facing a dire situation. The pair was stranded at sea in their boat, along with their two dogs, named Zeus and Valentine. While adrift in the Pacific Ocean, it was unclear whether they would ever be rescued. However the women and their dogs did in fact survive the ordeal. After being rescued, they talked about how important their dogs were in their lives and how they did everything they possibly could do keep them safe and healthy.
This particular journey began for the two women and their canine companions in May of 2016. They set sail from Hawaii to embark on a journey that would be approximatley 2,700 miles to the island of Tahiti. Not long after they departed, the trouble began as the boat’s engine died during a storm. They pressed on, however, believing the rest of the trip could be completed with the boat’s sails. Eventually, the mast on the sail was damaged and it left them completely stranded. They placed several distress calls over the next 98 days, but no one seemed to hear them. On the 99th day, a fishing boat spotted them and then contacted the U.S. Coast Guard to rescue them.
The key to their survival, said the women, is that they packed lots of extra food and had a water filtration system on board to supply them and their dogs with plenty of water. They went through their food rations quickly, because it was so important to ensure their dogs were well fed, too. In fact, they ran out of dog food at some point in their harrowing journey. Instead of allowing the dogs to suffer, they gave them human food instead. The dogs enjoyed that food, say the women, and it kept them alive. The women and their two dogs are recovering from their experience together, at their home.