BILLINGS, Mont. - A dog that was feared dead after he was swept away in a weekend avalanche that killed his owner showed up four days later at the Montana motel where his owners had stayed the night before going backcountry skiing.
Search and rescue team member Bill Whittle said he was positive that the Welsh corgi - named Ole - had been buried in Saturday’s avalanche.
But on Wednesday, Ole showed up exhausted and hungry back at the motel, 4 miles from where the slide occurred, the Billings Gazette reported.
“When I first saw the dog, it was sitting in front of their room staring at the door,’’ Cooke City Alpine Motel owner Robert Weinstein said yesterday.
Dave Gaillard of Bozeman was skiing with his wife, who survived, when the avalanche struck near Cooke City.
Whittle drove the dog back to the family in Bozeman.
Sidney resident Jody Ray Verhasselt, 46, also died Saturday in another avalanche while snowmobiling north of Cooke City. The two avalanche deaths have taken a toll on the small mountain community.
“We needed this,’’ Whittle said of Ole’s survival. “It kind of cheered everyone up.’’