Dog stays by dead owner’s side on trail for hours

(CNN Newsource) — It’s said that dogs are man’s best friend.

A 64-year-old man died while he was out hiking in Washington state, and his loyal dog never left his side. Search crews said the dog, Daisy, stood by her owner for about a day waiting for rescuers. 

It all started early Thursday morning when a wife called 911 to report her husband and dog missing. Throughout the entire day, Pierce County search crews scoured the area. 

Around 4:45 in the evening, crews say they heard the dog barking near a steep embankment above the Marshall River.

It took another 30 minutes to get to the location where rescue crews found the missing man’s body. The medical examiner says the man died from heart disease.

Officials say the victim often went hiking, but he did not leave his wife a note.

“It’s ever more important you tell someone where you’re going, when you should return, and what to do if you don’t return, and that answer should be something like call 911,” said Jennifer Brenes of King County Search and Rescue. 

Jennifer Brenes is the President of King County Search and Rescue. She says as hiking season kicks into full swing, more and more calls will come in for rescue. 

“It’s just a series, sometimes, of unfortunates that can lead them into a situation. That’s what – why we’re here. That’s why we exist.”

But search and rescue teams would much rather you make it back down the trail on your own. And the best way to do that is to be prepared. 

(CNN Newsource) – It’s said that dogs are man’s best friend.

A 64-year-old man died while he was out hiking in Washington state, and his loyal dog never left his side. Search crews said the dog, Daisy, stood by her owner for about a day waiting for rescuers. 

It all started early Thursday morning when a wife called 911 to report her husband and dog missing. Throughout the entire day, Pierce County search crews scoured the area. 

Around 4:45 in the evening, crews say they heard the dog barking near a steep embankment above the Marshall River.

It took another 30 minutes to get to the location where rescue crews found the missing man’s body. The medical examiner says the man died from heart disease.

Officials say the victim often went hiking, but he did not leave his wife a note.

“It’s ever more important you tell someone where you’re going, when you should return, and what to do if you don’t return, and that answer should be something like call 911,” said Jennifer Brenes of King County Search and Rescue. 

Jennifer Brenes is the President of King County Search and Rescue. She says as hiking season kicks into full swing, more and more calls will come in for rescue. 

“It’s just a series, sometimes, of unfortunates that can lead them into a situation. That’s what – why we’re here. That’s why we exist.”

But search and rescue teams would much rather you make it back down the trail on your own. And the best way to do that is to be prepared. 

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