After roaming the outskirts of the Nevada desert for a total of 53 days, a dog is finally found and returned to its owner on Feb. 18, according to ABC News.
Barbera Bagley had suffered traumatic losses on the night of Dec. 27 when her husband, her two Shetland sheepdogs, and herself were involved in a fatalistic car accident, Care2 wrote.
Bagley's husband and one of the Shetlands, Delaney, died during the car crash that happened about 200 miles east of Reno. The other dog, Dooey, 4, had escaped the scene.
A search was proposed but canceled three days prior to initial investigations when apparent dog remains were found along the road where the crash had taken place, ABC News reports.
Bagley didn't give up hope. "Something inside me told me Dooley was still alive out there," Bagley said.
Sightings had been reported of a Shetland sheepdog three weeks later, ABC News reported. A family friend as well as another individual, who was named in ABC News as Shannon Sustacha, were able to capture the skittish dog.
Dooey had lost 24 pounds from the ordeal, and a veterinarian who inspected him discovered bird bones in his throat.
Care2 mentioned that the average lows for January and February months when Dooey had been missing were 17 and 22 degrees Fahrenheit. Veterinarians and witnesses deduced that Dooey had survived on eating roadkill and consuming water from ranches, but there was no indication where he may have slept, Care2 wrote.