A day that seemed normal for some surfers, turned into the perfect opportunity to become heroes, when they discovered some furry paws under a cave on a remote island.
Matty Johnson and Zach Regan never imagined that they would have their entrance to heaven assured and would earn thousands of ovations with their act. All this, after they decided to stop the fun to rescue a poor dog lost on an island.
One of the surfers approached as soon as he discovered some legs, clearly the creature was begging for help
The pair of young people were chasing waves on a trail near Juan de Fuca, located on an island in Vancouver-British Columbia (Canada), when they noticed the presence of some creature that seemed to come out of a cave on that lonely island.
“Just glancing into the caves as we drove by, I saw some tan legs come out, just one glance, and I was like, ‘Oh, that looks like an animal,'” Zach Regan said.
Sure enough, it was about this furry beauty who prayed for help
Curiosity did not let them go ahead, the surfers approached to find out if it was someone in trouble and in a way, that was what it was.
A dog was abandoned on that piece of land, where it would be difficult to find something to eat.
This little friend was alone for months.
The boys approached and took a look around the area to make sure there was no one around, perhaps the owner of the creature, but all to no avail.
“My friend rowed with one arm, I went in with the boat and grabbed the dog before she collapsed, she was very weak,” commented one of the surfers.
The young man held the dog and swam to where his friend was.
The poor creature was shivering from the cold and the boys wrapped her in a vest to try to warm her up, they had definitely earned her trust. They decided to take her home with them, since hardly anyone could find her in that area of the path.
“The area in which she was found was in one of the most difficult parts of the Camino Juan de Fuca. That dog would have died there, we saved her”, they commented.
The fate for the furry girl would have been fatal were it not for the miraculous arrival of these heroes
The boys contacted ROAM Animal Rescue, an association that reunites pets with their owners, so that they could tell the story of the dog that they themselves decided to call Shaggy Maggy.
After the case hit national television, a representative from the Leslie Steeves Foundation received a call. It turns out that Shaggy did own her and her real name was Stella.
A couple had lost it 3 months earlier on the island, while celebrating their honeymoon with the pet.
Stella with her real owners whom she missed so much
The organization coordinated the reunion and only then could they make sure that everything they had said on the phone was true, since Stella’s reaction to seeing them cleared up all doubts.
“She was happy when she saw them. I’m just trying to figure out how she survived for so long. I guess it’s a story that only she can tell,” said Zach Regan.
This dog survived by a miracle, her destiny is definitely next to that couple who, despite the months that have passed, have not lost hope of embracing her again.
The generous hearts of Matty Johnson and Zach Regan also played a part in this happy ending and while it was unlikely, Stella has come home!
Let’s hope that from now on Stella never again has to go through the anguish of losing sight of her family. This little dog is more than lucky and if there are guardian angels for dogs, she must have the best.