An Idaho mother demonstrated an incredible act of heroism last month, carrying a badly injured dog weighing 55lbs down a mountain to reunite him with his family.
Tia Maree Vargas was climbing a mountain at Table Rock with her father on July 5 when she first saw Boomer.
The injured English Springer Spaniel was limping up the mountain with a family who were desperately searching for his owner.
Vargas says the family had young kids with them and didn’t know how to get everyone down, so she felt compelled to take him.
‘If it were my dog or my child or someone I loved, I would want someone to do that for me,’ she told ABC.
‘There’s no way I could have left him up there and still had a heart at peace.’
Boomer had gone missing the day before. Overnight, the dog had fallen through a 100-foot snow crevice, and rolled about 200 feet.
When Vargas first met him, she says Boomer’s eyes were puffy and bloodshot, and his entire body was swollen.
‘You could tell he was very dehydrated. He had cuts and scratches on his belly and on his head. He was in bad condition,’ she said.
With her dad beside her, the single mom hoisted boomer on to her shoulders and began to climb down, hoping she would come across someone who could help.
Unbeknownst to her, the trail she had chosen to take down had been closed due to snow and debris, leaving her with nobody to help and no clear path to follow.
Boomer, Vargas and her father got lost twice, and at one point the Idaho woman says her legs caved in.
One picture shared to Vargas’ Facebook account shows her laying on her back with Boomer resting on her stomach.
She says a joke from her father and a lot of help from God helped her find the strength to get Boomer to the bottom of the mountain.
After six hours of hiking seven miles with the dog on her shoulders, she was able to reunite Boomer with his owners, who were distraught at the idea he had died on the mountain.
Vargas said she saw a sign they had posted pleading with hikers to call them if they see him, and when she rang the number the family immediately asked: ‘Is he dead?’
She said the family, who had searched for hours the night he went missing, were so overwhelmed and grateful someone could commit such a selfless act that they gave the dog to her and her family.
Boomer’s original owners had already planned to sell him to a man after a hunting dog, but decided to have his injuries treated hand him over for free after hearing how loved the canine had been in his hour of need.
Boomer has made a miraculous recovery, and is seen in more recent photos lying with Vargas’ teenage children, and performing tricks at her command – but he has a long way to go.
He is still a regular at the vet’s office, and may need surgery to have his joints fused together, so Vargas has started a GoFundMe to help with the cost.
SOURCE: DailyMail, by HANNAH MOORE