The bravery of firefighters always gives them an edge over others in the community. They sacrifice a lot for the sake of others. Most of the time, they are called to offer their services even when off duty.
Dan Estrada, a firefighter, went out of his way to save a blind Labrador, that he came across when walking with his two dogs in the redwood forest just behind his home. The 12-year-old Sage had left his home more than a week ago.
Despite seeking the services of a professional tracker and engaging the nearby community, Sage could not be found. The hopes of finding Sage were increasingly fading.
The area where Sage went missing is known to be inhabited by lions, and if they came across blind Sage, that would be the end.
Commenting on his rescue, Sage owner, Beth Cole said they spent a week looking for the dog but couldn’t find him. They sought the help of neighbors, but all this was in vain.
It was by sheer luck that Estrada found Sage. He found Sage stranded near the riverbank in the forested area. Sage was known to Estrada’s dogs, so when he saw him, he dashed towards him and kissed him.
Image source: “Courtesy of Vincent Lopez” via A Love for Dogs
He knew Sage had been missing for several days and was therefore weak. He carried him shoulder high and took him to his owners. They were happy to see Sage after more than a week of anxiety.
Sage’s owners rewarded Estrada for rescuing their dog. They gave him $1000. Estrada refused the money stating that it was not through his efforts that Sage was found. He said it was just a miracle.
Image source: “Courtesy of Dan Estrada” via A Love for Dogs
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