In early January, Neesha, an 8-year-old retriever, went missing in the highlands of Willow National Park in Ireland.The owners took her on a long walk with another pet, Harley, a sheepdog.When they saw the deer, both dogs bolted.Harley eventually returned (she was found in the parking lot the next day), but Neesha vanished without a trace.
The owners searched the woods and flew drones into the sky, but the dog was nowhere to be found. They then placed a basket full of unwashed linen near where they last saw her, hoping that Neesha would smell it and flee the park.
The dog’s story was also shared on social media by the family.As time passed, there was no word on Neesha.”We were looking for her for a week, then another, but we started to lose hope,” the dog’s owner, Erina O’Shea Goetelen, said.The family came to terms with the fact that their pet would never be seen again.
Despite the icy and snowy conditions, physicians and part-time keen climbers Jean-François Bonnet and Ciara Nolan discovered a dog on top of one of Willow’s peaks, cuddled up between enormous stones.According to her rescuers, Neesha was terrified and shaking all over.They tried to put her on her paws, but she kept falling.
Ciara strapped the retriever to her husband’s back and walked 10 kilometers down a difficult path, with him carrying her.The man slipped and fell several times on the ice.Ciara used a scarf to tie the retriever to his rucksack to keep him safe.The couple immediately called Ash Animal Rescue and sent a video of the puppy to the operator to confirm its identity.
The rescue group was already aware that the family was looking for Neesha, and they couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw her — the dog had survived two weeks on a cold hillside without food or water!
It seemed like a miracle.Neesha was dehydrated and had lost a lot of weight, but she was otherwise in good health.”We were so thrilled, it was such a relief,” Erina says.”We didn’t know how to thank Neesha’s rescuers for bringing her back to us.”They are wonderful people.We owe them our gratitude.”