Bogi, a one-year-old Springer Spaniel, detached himself from his leash on a hike on Sunday evening and shot his owner Julian Stanke.
Stanke and his girlfriend searched for Bogi for several hours and finally found him on a ledge about 10 meters from their location.
They pondered in vain how to reach him and asked for help on the Facebook page of the Superior hiking trail.
“The unbelievable support, care and love of all people was just amazing,” said Stanke. “We had a lot of people who offered to help us, bring us equipment and just send us good wishes to Bogi.”
Ultimately, said Stanke, they made the very difficult decision of going home after dark, hoping that Bogi would be fine.
“I can only imagine what this night was probably like for him when he was cold and wet and in the dark in a place he didn’t know,” said Stanke. “Our greatest hope was that it would stay where it was.”
When they returned Monday morning, Bogi was exactly where they had left him, and Conservation Officer Mary Manning, who had been briefed on the situation, was waiting to help them climb down the overhang to get Bogi.
“We both burst into tears when we saw Officer Manning,” said Stanke. “We were so happy.”
After climbing down the overhang, Stanke and Bogi were reunited.
“It was really good when he came over and let me stroke him and somehow fell into my arms and knew that the worst for him was probably over,” said Stanke.
Stanke said Bogi came out with just a scratch on his elbow.
He and his girlfriend are extremely grateful for the support and help they received in saving Bogi.
“We are so happy,” said Stanke.