Yesterday was National Dog Day, a day that celebrates each and every dog and gives their owners the opportunity to shower them with just a little more love and appreciation. For this young woman, National Dog Day 2018 is one she will never forget.
On August 7th, Samantha (Sam) Orr, her mother, Jennifer Orr, and their one-year-old Goldendoodle, Bentley, were in a Jeep accident in Chaffee County, Colorado.
The crash proved fatal for Jennifer Orr, Sam suffered displaced ribs and a compressed vertebra, and Bentley was nowhere to be found.
Sam lives in Kansas, and this past Thursday she flew from Kansas back to Colorado to search for Bentley.
Coincidentally, on the same day, Joseph Stratmann had seen an ad for Bentley on Craigslist and drove several hours from northern Colorado to help with the search.
Joe spotted Bentley alive and well and when Sam arrived, he aided her in climbing the mountain that Bentley was spotted on.
The evening of August 25, 19 days after the accident, Sam spotted Bentley and they were finally reunited. Watch the emotional reunion here.
"BENTLEY HAS BEEN RESCUED!
This guy has been what can only be compared to a mountain goat for the past 19 days. After the fatal accident where I lost my mom, Bentley was last seen running down hill from the accident. For the past 3 days he has been spotted far far above the accident site, laying amongst the rocks along the ridge of the mountain. Peering down at the Jeep wreckage, patiently waiting for his family to return. This morning, I left Pueblo, CO at 4:45am and drove the accident site in Buena Vista, CO. Along with a team, we spent hours hiking to the top of said mountain. I have never, and I mean never, done such dangerous and rewarding activity in my entire life. We were able to spot Bentley early in the day, a few hours in, I came within 30-40 feet of him. He wouldn't come to me, but seemed interested. Eventually his fear got the best of him and he made his way to the ridge (top). I slowly but surely followed him, upon reaching the summit, I could see him watching me. I got close to him, laid down, unpacked some items to eat and a new toy I'd purchased from him [sic]. He never moved an inch for over 15 minutes. Eventually I decided to give him some space, back off for a few minutes, and that got his attention. When I came back, him and I slowly altered walking few steps towards each other until finally I was able to convince him to come into my arms. And from then it was nothing but tears and celebration! Bentley is okay, he's a little malnourished and dehydrated. But otherwise no noticeable injuries. Thank you to everyone who played a role in bringing this sweet boy home. I know the past 19 days, God and my beautiful momma have been keeping an eye on him. GOD IS SO GOOD! ❤️"
After a few minutes of holding her pup, Sam made another video to thank all the people who helped in the rescue efforts.
My heart is BURSTING. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who shared, liked, handed out flyers, spread the word, or sent kind words, or any of the millions of ways people have shown their kindness since the accident. The world has so many amazing people in it, I am SO unbelievably grateful.
People are overjoyed for Sam and Bentley.
We, too, are overjoyed for Sam and Bentley! Happy (belated) National Dog Day <3