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Lost, blind dog finds way back to Alaska owners

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Blind and alone in Alaska winter temperatures that dipped 40 degrees below zero, a lost 8-year-old Fairbanks dog wasn’t given much of a chance to make it home.

But after walking 10 miles to the edge of a local musher’s dog yard, Abby the brown-and-white mixed breed was found and returned to her owners, a family that includes two boys and one girl under the age of 10.

The dog that the family raised from a puppy vanished during a snowstorm on Dec. 13, and the family never expected to see her again, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

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‘‘It’s a miracle, there’s no other words to describe it,’’ said McKenzie Grapengeter, emotion choking her voice and tears coming to her eyes. ‘‘We never expected to have her to be returned safe and alive.’’

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Musher and veterinarian Mark May said he came across the dog while running his team on Dec. 19, but didn’t stop to pick her up.

The next day, the dog turned up at May’s house.

The community used social media to track down Abby’s owners.

Associated Press