Dogs are truly incredible: they make the best personal companions, the most cherished family members, and perform a variety of important tasks. Some dogs are also true heroes, with fascinating stories to tell as a result of their heroic actions.
If there’s one thing dogs are known for, it’s coming to the rescue. Pawe Kauziak went for a walk with his dog Gucio in February.
That doesn’t sound too out of the ordinary, and the two were no strangers to casual strolls. They chose a trip along a wooded trail near their home in Poland on this particular day because Gucio is familiar with it.
Pawe was off leash and doing his dog thing because he knew Gucio was familiar with the area when something unexpected happened…
Gucio, according to Kauziak, never strays far and is always quick to return to his.Gucio vanished and did not return that day.
After only a few minutes, Kauziak became concerned that his dog had not returned.
“Whenever I call to him, he always comes back,” Kauziak told The Dodo. “However, when I called his name, Gucio did not respond.”
Kauziak spent the entire afternoon looking for his beloved Gucio, but he had no luck.
Gucio wasn’t to be found. Kauziak had no idea where his dog was, but he searched every day and encouraged others in his community to do the same!
“I never gave up hope of finding Gucio,” Kauziak said. “However, it’s been such a long time without finding him.”
An entire month passed with no sign of Gucio until another man was in the same area on a walk with his Jack Russell terrier, Diego.
Diego’s attention was captured, and he began tugging on his leash incessantly, leading his owner to a deep hole hidden in the landscape!
Gucio was deep in the hole, unable to bark and suffering from emaciation. Diego had literally found Gucio just in time.
Diego’s owner dashed home, grabbed a ladder, and carefully lifted Gucio out of the hole and to safety. Gucio was frail, but he was alive.
Despite his emaciation, his wife recognized Gucio as the beloved dog Kauziak had been searching for all month, and she immediately contacted him!
“At first, I couldn’t believe it,” Kauziak admitted. “I started shaking when I got to their house and saw Gucio.” I got down on my knees and hugged him. It was the most joyous day of my life.”
“I really missed him,” Kauziak said. “It was the same as a family member going missing for me.”
Gucio had been in the hole for 32 days, most likely subsisting on melting snow.
Gucio was thankfully rescued in time, and every day at home with his beloved dog dad was spent regaining strength and weight.
Surprisingly, Gucio hasn’t forgotten about his hero Diego!
To celebrate their progress, the two dogs had a little play date.
While Kauziak reflected on the reality that this joyful moment was only possible because of Diego, the hero Diego and the beloved Gucio played.
“They had a good time together,” Kauziak said. “Just having Gucio back home has made me a happy man again.”