One of Denver’s national park rangers, Salapek, rescued a German shepherd dog. The dog had been hiking with its owner, but due to lack of water and high temperatures it had lost consciousness. The animal could not descend the mountain on its own, so the ranger had to carry it on his back, although the dog weighs about 100 kg.
Lexi Daniel went hiking in the mountains with friends. Their group chose a route in one of Delaware’s national parks. While hiking, the hikers saw a man with a dog. The animal had suffered sunstroke and dehydration, which made it unable to get off the ground.
Everyone on the hike gave their water to feed the sheepdog, but the sheepdog was in very poor condition and it was not enough to quench its thirst.
Help from the ranger
As soon as Salapek, a mountain ranger, was aware of the situation, he drove to the place where the group was staying. He knew the area well and decided to take the dog to a nearby spring. The ranger thought that if he could get the dog’s body temperature down, he would make it feel better.
The sheepdog, weighing 100 kg, was carried on the ranger’s shoulders down a steep descent. Once the man reached the stream, he put the animal on the ground and started pouring cold water on it. He was able to lower the dog’s body temperature enough for it to recover and they were able to continue their journey down the mountain.