Goldendoodle reunited with family after surviving 3 weeks above 12,000 feet

Published: Aug. 26, 2018 at 8:54 AM MDT
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For 19 days, a Kansas family prayed for a miracle.

Bentley, a 1-year-old goldendoodle, was thrown from a Jeep as it plummeted 600 feet off a rugged mountain road in Chaffee County on Aug. 7. The crash killed 43-year-old Jennifer Orr and injured her daughter Sam, who had to be airlifted from the crash site. In the midst of so much tragedy, the surviving daughter and her father held on to hope that they would find Bentley and bring him home.

Nearly three weeks after the crash, the miracle happened.

(Video used with permission from the Orr family)

Family finds dog 3 weeks after crash

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about 1-year-old goldendoodle Bentley, who was thrown from a Jeep as it plummeted 600 feet off a rugged Chaffee County road. The crash killed 43-year-old Jennifer Orr and injured her daughter, who is Bentley's owner. For 19 days, the family prayed for a miracle: that they would find Bentley alive. Yesterday, it happened:

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Mid last week, the family says Bentley was spotted laying "far, far above the accident site ... peering down at the Jeep wreckage, patiently waiting for his family to return." He would stay there for three days.

Saturday, Sam hiked with a group to the top of that mountain. She told what happened next


"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. 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."

The family says Bentley is a little malnourished and dehydrated, but is otherwise doing just fine.

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. ❤️

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