Days After Montana Avalanche, Missing Dog Returns

PetMD Editorial
Published: January 06, 2012
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A Welsh Corgi named Ole was feared dead after being swept away in an avalanche that killed his owner, Dave Gaillard.

Gaillard had been skiing with his wife Kerry when the avalanche struck near Cooke City, a town just outside of Yellowstone National Park in Montana.

"His last words to me were, 'Retreat to the trees.' I think he saw what was coming from above," said Kerry.

Search and rescue teams were convinced the dog had been buried in the avalanche. "The avalanche guys were up there on Monday investigating and they were looking for the dog too and never saw any signs," said Bill Whittle, search and rescue team member.

However on Wednesday Ole showed back up at the motel where his owners had stayed the night before going backcountry skiing.

"When I first saw the dog, it was sitting in front of their room staring at the door," said Robert Weinstein, Cooke City Alpine Motel owner.

Gaillard’s daughter Marguerite was putting together photos on a poster board as a memorial to the dog when she found out Ole was still alive. Whittle drove the dog back to the family in Bozeman, Montana.

“He was tired,” said Silver Brelsford, Gaillard’s step-daughter. "He’s doing really well now."

Image: Natasha Baydakova / via AP Photo