Social media appeal helps save stranded dog on peak

By Alex Jones in Emergency Services

A SOCIAL media post which reached 60,000 people has helped save a lost dog on Cader Idris.

Last Sunday afternoon, the Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team was notified that a dog was stuck in a “precarious position”.

The canine’s owners had tried to trace the dog but to no avail and had returned to the mountain bottom to get dry and request help.

The dog, Bjarya, belonging to a Belgian couple, had been lost between the summit of Penygader and Pencoed on the southern ridge of the mountain.

Barking and howling could be heard from above and within the Cwm around Llyn Cau, but with visibility down to 50m at times, and with very poor conditions of wind and rain, they had been unable to pinpoint the dog’s location.

Following a call, and in continuingly poor conditions, team volunteers made their way to Llyn Cau with a view to trying to locate the direction of any barks from the dog, and therefore start to identify likely locations.

The team also pushed up the stone chute to just below where Bjarya was last seen.

No conclusive sounds or sights were detected.

The owners were briefed of the situation and encouraged to talk to walkers heading up the mountain the following morning.

They were reassured that with an indication of location, the team would be happy to return and assist. Everyone was safely off the mountain by 9pm.

A social media appeal on the team Facebook and Twitter pages helped to raise awareness of the missing dog and reached more than 60k people overnight.

Through the success of the social media campaign, along with the efforts of Bjarya’s owners at Minffordd car park and that of team volunteers on the hill, there were few people on the mountain who did not know of the missing dog the following day.

At around 12.45pm a dog matching the description was spotted running loose near the summit, and was secured by a member of the public.

The dog, a bit bumped and bruised but otherwise lively, was handed over to team members who brought her off the mountain, and reunited her with her relieved owners.

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