Dog survives avalanche after buried for 4 days

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This is a bittersweet story about a dog named Oly that survived an avalanche on New Year’s Eve in Montana. Somehow, after being buried in the snow for four days, the little Welsh Corgi dug himself out, made the four-mile trek back into town and showed up at the hotel room door in Cooke City where his owners had been staying. One of Oly’s owners, 44-year-old David Gaillard, was killed in the avalanche while cross-country skiing with his wife, Kerry Corcoran Gaillard, who miraculously survived. Kerry never saw or heard Oly when the avalanche hit about 2 p.m. local time. And when rescue team members went to investigate after the accident, they saw no dog. Yet when Oly was spotted in town outside the Alpine Motel, a Cooke City resident “put two and two together,” said Alpine Motel owner Bill Whittle. Everyone knows every dog in town and they could not believe it. Whittle called the family in Bozeman, and they confirmed it was Oly. Whittle drove Oly back home to Bozeman to reunite him with his family on Thursday.

For more details on this incredible story, please read the complete story from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

Below is a video by a Cooke City skiier, Ben Zavora, who returned to the site of the avalanche and discovered more about where Oly survived.

“>Ole’s Story – A Video Documentary from s”>Blackmore Media on Vimeo.

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