Nala, a pit bull mix was being walked by a Redmond, OR Humane Society volunteer last week, when she suddenly started pulling. Alan Borland thought it was unusual as normally she was great on her leash.
“She looked very alert, and kept looking to the south,” said Borland. “I tried calling her, but she kept pulling towards the ditch.”
Allowing Nala to take the lead, Borland followed her to a ditch just yards from the Humane Society where he found a small black and white dog curled up.
“I thought he was dead at first. He had ice-balls on his feet, and he was really filthy looking.”
Borland and Nala ran into the Humane Society for help for the dog, who appeared to be close to death. Once inside, staff identified the cocker spaniel as Chadwick, a blind 10 year old former shelter dog who had been adopted just a month earlier. A week before Nala found him, he had run away from his new home two miles away from the shelter.
“It was quite a surprise,” said shelter manager Chris Bauersfeld. “He was found 200 yards away from the shelter. Through all his wanderings, he must have heard the other shelter dogs barking and recognized the place.”
Bauersfeld believes that Chadwick lost his way in a snowstorm, and somehow managed to stay alive on the frozen streets for a week before Nala’s discovery.
“Five other dogs walked right past Chadwick that morning when they were out for their morning walk,” said Bauersfeld. “Only Nala alerted to Chadwick’s prescence.”
Once Chadwick had been treated for dehydration, he was returned to his owner, Tina Mazzariello who had been searching for him since his escape.
It is hoped that Nala’s heroics will lead to finding her a permanent home. She has been living at the Humane Society since April, and the shelter has been struggling to find a home for her.
“I hope that after this, someone would step forward and adopt Nala,” Bauersfeld said. “She’s really a delightful dog.”
For more information on Nala and the Redmond Humane Society, please go here.