Something Nice Happening

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Mummy saw this on the internet.  She is suposed to be writing an oral history proposal, not surfing the web, but she thought she’d share it with you.

Huntaway wheelbarrowed out of the Tararuas after night alone in the bush

Dog wheelbarrow

George Vaughan and Chris Peterson and his dog Gem in the wheelbarrow they used to transport her out from Mt Holdsworth.

A much-loved pet dog that was too heavy to carry spent a freezing night in the night in the bush before being rescued with a community effort.

Masterton conservationist Chris Peterson was taking his partner’s 12-year-old Huntaway bitch, Gem, for a walk in the Tararua ranges when the old girl collapsed and could walk no further.

They were on a steep section of track above the Atiwhakatu River, over an hour’s tramp from the end of Mt Holdsworth Road.

Peterson made the wrenching decision to leave Gem there overnight as she was too heavy to carry, but some passing trampers provided an emergency blanket to cover her for the frosty night ahead.

The next morning Peterson walked back in and managed to find the dog with the help of a couple of concerned trampers.

They hauled her down to the more accessible Atiwhakatu Track near the river but she was still unable to walk unaided.

Still struggling to carry the 50-60kg dog, another helpful tramper suggested a wheelbarrow.

Peterson’s neighbour George Vaughan offered to help and he wheeled the dog out in the barrow.

The 18-year-old outdoor pursuits student is a regular runner in the hills and found the walk out with the dog quite straightforward.

But the pair had to lift Gem and the wheelbarrow up and down several sections of steps before they were able to reach the road end before darkness fell.

“It was a privilege to be able to help Chris, he’s done so much for so many people over the years,” Vaughan said.

Gem is the mother is his own dog, so there was a family connection for him personally, which made it all the more rewarding, he said.

Peterson’s partner Di Batchelor is Gem’s main caregiver and she was immensely relieved to hear on her return from an overseas trip that the tale of the dog in the bush had a happy ending.

After some rest and recuperation Gem was back to her old happy self in the weekend.

Peterson said it was a real team effort getting the old dog back to the base camp and he couldn’t have done it without the help of half a dozen trampers and friends.

“The dogs are our family and we were really chuffed to get her out,” he says.
Gem in transit.

By: PIERS FULLER and photographer.

– Stuff

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10 Responses to Something Nice Happening

  1. Gem looks happy and chill in the wheel barrow. I never want to get lost or left behind, but someday, I hope somebody will wheel me around in a wheelbarrow. It seems like fun!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  2. I’m so glad that there were people with a heart of gold… all the best to you Gem :o)

    • We hope you have recovered from the pawty. Yes, mummy thought it would be nice to talk about something happy, instead of all the nasty, horrible things happening in the world at the moment. Also, she is supposed to be doing something completely different and she is practising her procrastination skills, something she is very good at doing, We might add.

  3. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Oh my goodness what a story. Kudos to all those people that cared
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

  4. I hope Gem wasn’t too scared all alone there in the dark by herself. At least someone covered her with their blanket. The kindness of strangers…

  5. Everything conspired to help Gem and her owner. We love happy endings. Thanks for this great story!

  6. corkscot says:

    I’m glad that it had a happy ending. We love our pets.

  7. What a wonderful story of good people helping each other to save a beloved animal. :’)

  8. tylersat99 says:

    We are so very happy they were able to get Gem out in the wheel barrow. I have always wandered how I would get one of mine home if they couldn’t make it. We are very happy they had a Happy ending:)

  9. hello jaspersdoggyworld its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am so glad gem wuz reskyewd!!! wheeld konveyances ar wun of the hyoomans more yooseful inventchuns for shoor!!! ok bye

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