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Golden retriever survives Montana winter in the wild, reunites with family after six months

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OK, so Sherbert, BACKPACKER’s uber-tough mascot dog, finally has some competition: Buck, a golden retriever from Washington, survived six months in the Montana wild, braving starvation, heavy snows, and winter temperatures as low as -27. He was reunited last week with his owners, likely tired and hungry, but otherwise uninjured.

Say it with me now: Awwwwwwwwwwww.

While at a rest stop on a family trip, 7-year-old Buck bolted at the sound of a train whistle, disappearing into the wilderness near the north-central Montana town of Chester. Despite a massive two-day search by his owners and helpful townspeople, Buck never turned up. The heartbroken Halter family headed back home to Bonney Lake, Washington, fearing they’d never see their beloved pooch again.

Fast forward to January 25: Chester local Jason Wanken spotted a stray dog on his family farm that matched Buck’s description. Even though Wanken figured it had been too long for Buck to survive, he lured him into a kennel with food a few days later, and eventually contacted the Halter family. After confirming it was Buck with a few emailed photos, they drove 750 miles overnight to pick him up.

Of course he’s keeping it to himself. Any dog smart enough to survive that long in the wild also knows the movie rights are worth sackfuls of cash; you couldn’t ask for a better Hollywood ending. If you really want to know what happened to Buck, don’t call a pet psychic—call Jerry Bruckheimer.

—Ted Alvarez

Dog found after 6 months and cold winter (MSNBC)

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