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Firefighter Rescues Missing Blind Dog By Total Chance

Dan Estrada is a firefighter that went out with an old friend, Vincent Lopez, to the redwood forest. They were venturing in the area behind Estrada's house in California's San Lorenzo Valley.

Estrada, Lopez, and Estrada' dogs went along a path. They came upon a stream. They noticed there was a dog.

The dog was not moving.

Image and Credit: Dan Estrada

It turns out the men had found a 12-year-old Labrador named Sage. Sage had gone missing eight days before being found. She is blind and ventured from her home in late February.

Sage's family had been endlessly searching for her without any luck. “Our neighbors and other members of the community helped us search day and night for a week,” Sage's owner Beth Cole told The Mercury News. “We looked everywhere.”

Sage's family knew mountain lions lurked in the area, and so they had little hope about Sage's survival on her own. By miracle, Sage was by the stream and located by Estrada and his friend.

When Estrada noticed Sage, she lifted up her head. He quickly ran to her and kissed her. Estrada was very familiar with Sage, as she belonged to the family near his home. Sage had actually played with Estrada's dogs many times before!

Image and Credit: Dan Estrada

Sage was tired and feeble after her experience alone in the woods. Estrada picked up Sage and put her up onto his shoulders. Estrada and crew headed up the hill and back to his house.

Estrada's wife gave Sage's family a call, letting them know Sage had been found. The family came quickly and brought her to the vet.

Somehow, Sage made it out okay! She had no problems despite her roughing it out in the woods for so long.

Image and Credit: Dan Estrada

The community really came together to get Sage back to her home. To welcome Sage home, one neighbor even made her a steak! A welcome home party is being planned that will raise money for the Santa Cruz County animal shelter.

Now that Sage is home, she is spending time with her friends—Estrada's dogs, Koelsch and Barnabus.Sage's family offered Estrada and Lopez $1000, but Estrada and Lopez decided to donate the money to an animal charity.

"I'm happy we found the dog," said Lopez.

Image and Credit: Dan Estrada

Sage's rescue story has spread globally, and for a good reason! Phone calls have been pouring into Estrada to let him know how the story has moved them.

Estrada's kids are very surprised by their dad's story, but have always known their father to be a life saver through his career. Estrada has been a firefighter and a paramedic for the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

About six years ago, Estrada saved a dog from being trapped inside of a smoke-filled home. "He was conscious and terrified and couldn't find his way out," said Estrada.

While Estrada's family may not be used to the attention they are receiving over the rescue of Sage, they are happy the rescue has brought a sense of happiness to all those that hear about it. Estrada would like to encourage and inspire good acts for others.

Image and Credit: Dan Estrada

"It's too easy to be caught up in daily life," he said. "Too easy to miss the opportunity to be a blessing in your community."

Of course, when Estrada and Lopez got together again for a bachelor party, they encountered men with a flat tire they couldn't fix. To no surprise, they stopped and helped!

​h/t Today 

Estrada, Lopez, and Estrada' dogs went along a path. They came upon a stream. They noticed there was a dog.

The dog was not moving...

Dan Estrada is a firefighter that went out with an old friend, Vincent Lopez, to the redwood forest. They were venturing in the area behind Estrada's house in California's San Lorenzo Valley.

It turns out the men had found a 12-year-old Labrador named Sage. Sage had gone missing eight days before being found. She is blind and ventured from her home in late February.

Sage's family had been endlessly searching for her without any luck. “Our neighbors and other members of the community helped us search day and night for a week,” Sage's owner Beth Cole told The Mercury News. “We looked everywhere.”

Sage's family knew mountain lions lurked in the area, and so they had little hope about Sage's survival on her own. By miracle, Sage was by the stream and located by Estrada and his friend.

When Estrada noticed Sage, she lifted up her head. He quickly ran to her and kissed her. Estrada was very familiar with Sage, as she belonged to the family near his home. Sage had actually played with Estrada's dogs many times before!

Sage was tired and feeble after her experience alone in the woods. Estrada picked up Sage and put her up onto his shoulders. Estrada and crew headed up the hill and back to his house.

Estrada's wife gave Sage's family a call, letting them know Sage had been found. The family came quickly and brought her to the vet.

Somehow, Sage made it out okay! She had no problems despite her roughing it out in the woods for so long.

The community really came together to get Sage back to her home. To welcome Sage home, one neighbor even made her a steak! A welcome home party is being planned that will raise money for the Santa Cruz County animal shelter.

Now that Sage is home, she is spending time with her friends—Estrada's dogs, Koelsch and Barnabus.Sage's family offered Estrada and Lopez $1000, but Estrada and Lopez decided to donate the money to an animal charity.

"I'm happy we found the dog," said Lopez.

Sage's rescue story has spread globally, and for a good reason! Phone calls have been pouring into Estrada to let him know how the story has moved them.

Estrada's kids are very surprised by their dad's story, but have always known their father to be a life saver through his career. Estrada has been a firefighter and a paramedic for the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

About six years ago, Estrada saved a dog from being trapped inside of a smoke-filled home. "He was conscious and terrified and couldn't find his way out," said Estrada.

While Estrada's family may not be used to the attention they are receiving over the rescue of Sage, they are happy the rescue has brought a sense of happiness to all those that hear about it. Estrada would like to encourage and inspire good acts for others.

“It's too easy to be caught up in daily life," he said. "Too easy to miss the opportunity to be a blessing in your community."

Of course, when Estrada and Lopez got together again for a bachelor party, they encountered men with a flat tire they couldn't fix. To no surprise, they stopped and helped!

​h/t Today

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