Injured dog ‘extremely grateful’ after search-and-rescue team carries him down hiking trail

There are many kind people willing to help dogs out of a jam when they’re in need of help, and often dogs seem grateful for the helping hand.

That was the case this week, after a search-and-rescue team came to the rescue of one four-legged hiker who was “extremely grateful” for them.

According to a Facebook post from El Paso County Search and Rescue, they responded to a call on July 24 about a dog who needed help getting down from Barr Camp, a campsite located on the Barr Trail on Pikes Peak.

According to their site, Barr Camp is quite a hike to get to: it’s a 6.5 mile hike with 3,800 feet of elevation. Most of the elevation comes during the first three miles, which they warn are “brutally hot” during the summer.

But the EPCSAR team went up to get the dog — and helped him get down, as he was unable to walk. The dog’s owner’s father commented on the post and wrote that the dog, named Roland, had a “mild sprain.”

So instead, the search-and-rescue team carried him all the way down in a stretcher:

Our team was called out early this morning to help a four-legged hiker down from Barr Camp. After being carried for many…

Posted by El Paso County Search and Rescue on Sunday, July 24, 2022

Despite the ordeal, the dog seems happy for the help. A photo shows him smiling, and the relative said Roland likely “enjoyed the attention.”

EPCSAR wrote that they carried the dog for “many miles,” but both Roland and his owner were “extremely grateful” for the help getting back to their vehicle.

The owner’s father thanked the team for saving their “son and grand dog,” and said that Roland was now on pain meds and “doing much better.”

Thank you to this search-and-rescue team for going the extra mile to help Roland! We know he’s very thankful!

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