When a trio of Australians went hiking in Mt. Glorious National Park in Queensland, they would have been prepared for snakes and spiders - but not a sad, stranded Staffie. This poor dog was discovered deep in the trees, stuck in one of the national park's rock pools, cold, scared, and alone.
Armed with a stick (just in case!) the trio approached the dog, unsure whether she was wild or dangerous, and looped to rope around her shoulders to drag her out. From here they could see she wasn't aggressive at all, just exhausted, and was a neutered female, so very likely a lost pet. She promptly hid from the humans in the scrubs.
"She was still apprehensive, but not aggressive," wrote one of the rescuers on Imgur. "So after a while I took a chance and gave her a scratch on the head... and she rewarded me with a lick on the hand. Despite obviously having been camped there for at least a few days, we noted that our little companion wasn't exactly lacking in mass, leading us to dub her Miss Piggy. We spent a bit more time getting acquainted with Miss Piggy, while we started to hatch a plan to get her out."
But Miss Piggy wasn't keen on going anywhere just yet. With a solid, uncooperative chunk of dog to shift, the trio decided their canvas bag, stowed a 15-minute walk away in the car, would be the best way. Miss Piggy found it to be a bit of a shock (look at that face!) but it worked.
After a good meal all round, it was time to find out where Miss Piggy had come from. As it transpired, her real name was 'Elly-Bobby', and her owner lived around 15 kilometres from the creek where she had been found, and he had been searching desperately for his lost dog for 24 days. Now, they are back together!
"We have no idea what she'd been doing between 30 June and 23 Jul when we found her," said the rescuer. "Her condition was surprisingly good for a pup that had been homeless for nearly a month. We also have no idea how she came to be in such an isolated part of the bush, with no signs of injury and only basic signs of exposure. We'd speculated that perhaps she was picked up and later dumped, or that she'd found a temporary home but hadn't stuck around. Whatever the story, we were just happy to have been in the right place at the right time to be able to help her."
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