Amazing dogs survived for THREE weeks in the French Alps alone amid freezing cold, ­avalanches and wild boar

Amazing dogs survived for THREE weeks in the French Alps alone amid freezing cold, ­avalanches and wild boar

AMAZING dogs Mungo and Mika survived for THREE weeks in the French Alps alone while their owner Abigail Beaumont desperately searched for them.
Accountant and mum-of-three Abigail moved to Morzine, France, in December with her family and was walking the rescue dogs next to a canal in March when they took off in search of adventure.
Facebook Amazing dogs Mika, six, and Mungo, three, survived three weeks in the Alps all alone
Mika, six, and Mungo, three, knew their way home but when they didn’t return that evening, the family were frantic and organised search parties, set up social media pages to share their story and called in an American dog psychic for reassurance they were alive.
Abigail, 46, originally from Marlborough, Wilts, said: “Mika and Mungo have been through so much. They were found on the streets and were skin and bone.
“They’re survivors but we have perishing temperatures, ­avalanches and wild boar out here.”
She feared they would freeze to death, starve or poisoned while scavenging for food — or even eaten.
But weeks later someone heard barking and howling from a remote part of the mountains ten miles away from the canal. Abigail recognised their barks but mountain rescue said it was too treacherous to reach them.
Facebook The pups survived ‘perishing temperatures, ­avalanches and wild boar’
Local ski instructors who had followed their story rallied to help with climbing kits, ropes, harnesses, shovels, a probe, a transfuser tracking device and an ABS bag — an air bag that inflates and keeps the wearer on the surface of the snow in case of an avalanche.
Marc Walton, 29, from Ascot, Berks, said: “I’m a dog lover – I had to help. We climbed a rocky band of cliff around three metres high to reach them.
“Mika was timid at first but came over for some treats and we put her on a lead, but Mungo was about 40 metres away and I had to rope myself to my brother George and cross a gully to reach him.”
Mika and Mungo have been through so much. They were found on the streets and were skin and bone
They eventually attached him to a lead and found a route to safety.
The dogs were cold, shaken, ­covered in ticks and had lost 30 per cent of their body weight, but after being checked over by their vet, they look set to make a full recovery.
Abigail said: “It is a miracle Mungo and Mika survived.
“The rescuers risked their lives to save our dogs. One more night could have killed them and we are so thankful for all they did.”
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Sean McCormack is head vet at tailored food company and is on a mission to help the nation’s pets. If you need advice from the Pet Vet simply email and you may see your pet in Paws & Claws.
LABRADOR Monty is eight. Owner Sarah Stephens, 35, from Manchester, is expecting her first child and she is worried about the effect it will have on him. The black lab sleeps on the bed with her and her husband.
Sean says: Monty will need to learn new rules now. Have him sleep on the floor in your bedroom on his own bed.
Gradually increase the distance of his bed from yours until, over a period of a couple of weeks, he sleeps downstairs.
If you do it gradually he’s not going to feel like he’s been demoted.
Timothy the cat started to wee repeatedly on the same bed
TIMOTHY is a five-month-old cat who has started to wee repeatedly on the same bed, leading to a washing nightmare for owner Danielle Harvey, from Newcastle.
The problem started when she removed his litter tray in the hope he’d use the cat flap to go outside.
Sean says: If Timothy was previously trained to use a litter tray indoors, he’s probably confused about where to go. He may also be frightened to go outside.
Limit his access to the bedrooms for a time and use a pet deodorising spray wherever he urinates. Reinstall the litter tray in a quiet corner to allow him to re-learn the right habit.
Once he’s going in the tray again, gradually move it closer to the cat flap as he builds his confidence to venture outside.

Star of the week
CORRIE’S Schmeichel has been voted Britain’s best-loved soap pet – even though Chesney’s famous Great Dane died seven years ago.
Schmeichel got 11 per cent of more than 2,000 votes in a poll by
Next was Bouncer from Neighbours (nine per cent) and Wellard from EastEnders (eight per cent).
Rex Features Corries Chesney Brown, played by Sam Aston, and his dog Schmeichel wait to catch a bus after Chesney runs away from home
Also in the top ten were the Carters’ canine Lady Di, Tyrone’s dog Monica, Dot Cotton’s cat Dave, David Platt’s rabbit Barney, Vera Duckworth’s cat Cleo and Jack Duckworth’s pigeon Fergie.
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Creme Egg vet dashTHIS Easter, remember chocs can be a killer for pets.This week Labradoodle Boseley needed emergency treatment after scoffing four large eggs and three Creme Eggs.
Owner Peter Hind, of Tetney near Grimsby, said: “He helped himself. He’d started on his fourth Creme Egg and didn’t look remotely guilty.”


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