Nov 17, 2023 - News

"Miracle dog" that survived 72 days in Colorado mountains makes paw-sitive recovery

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Finney is as much a fighter as she is faithful.

Catch up quick: The 3-year-old Jack Russell terrier became an overnight celebrity after she was recently found guarding the deceased body of her owner, 71-year-old Rich Moore, 72 days after they went missing climbing Blackhead Peak, a 12,500-foot mountain near Pagosa Springs.

Driving the news: Since returning home Oct. 31, Finney — who had lost half her weight — has gained most of it back, thanks to her insatiable appetite, Moore's widow, Dana Holby, told The Associated Press.

  • Finney's also already hitting the trails again, where she's regularly met by fans.

The intrigue: It's unclear how Finney, the runt of her litter, survived those 10 weeks. But one new habit she came home with — apart from now never leaving Holby's side — offers a hint.

  • Finney has become a newfound expert in insect-hunting, capable of catching moths mid-flight and digging up juicy grubs, Holby told Outside Magazine.

Yes, but: There could be another theory behind what kept Finney alive, Holby said. "I keep feeling as though she was sent to me by Rich, who probably told her to go home and take care of me," she told Outside.

  • "She is the miracle dog," Holby told the AP.

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