This Puppy Was Left For Dead At The Bottom Of A Canyon. Until A Climber Came Along…

Looking at the healthy, happy dog in the images below, it is almost impossible to imagine that only four years ago he was lying abandoned, 350 feet down at the bottom of an Arizona canyon. There can be no doubt that his life would have come to an end within a day or two, but then Fate smiled on the helpless creature.

Salvation came in the shape of Colorado hiker Zak Anderegg who just happened to be exploring the canyon and had just rappelled down to where the dying dog was lying. Well, Mr. Anderegg took the dog to his home, named him Riley and the rest is history, and a happier one than it might have been. Mr. Anderegg wrote on Riley’s Facebook fan page:

He has become a cherished member of our family. He is without doubt one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever known.

Such a heartwarming story… (Scroll down for the video.)

1. Zak Anderegg found this malnourished puppy abandoned at the bottom of an Arizona canyon four years ago.

This Puppy Was Left For Dead At The Bottom Of A Canyon. Until A Climber Came Along...

2. Four years later, the puppy named Riley is alive and well and living with his rescuer in Colorado.

This Puppy Was Left For Dead At The Bottom Of A Canyon. Until A Climber Came Along...

3. Four years later, the puppy named Riley is alive and well and living with his rescuer in Colorado.

This Puppy Was Left For Dead At The Bottom Of A Canyon. Until A Climber Came Along...

4. Mr. Anderegg found Riley while exploring this canyon in Arizona on June 20, 2010.

This Puppy Was Left For Dead At The Bottom Of A Canyon. Until A Climber Came Along...

5. After finding Riley at the bottom of the 350-ft canyon, he left the dog overnight with some food and a towel for a bed.

This Puppy Was Left For Dead At The Bottom Of A Canyon. Until A Climber Came Along...

6. Mr. Anderegg returned the next day and repelled back into the canyon to rescue Riley armed with a dog crate.

This Puppy Was Left For Dead At The Bottom Of A Canyon. Until A Climber Came Along...

7. Mr. Anderegg then took Riley to an animal hospital to regain his strength.

This Puppy Was Left For Dead At The Bottom Of A Canyon. Until A Climber Came Along...

8. A few days later, Riley was cleared to go home with Mr. Anderegg, though the puppy was still very weak.

This Puppy Was Left For Dead At The Bottom Of A Canyon. Until A Climber Came Along...

9. At home with Mr. Anderegg, Riley slowly gained weight and became healthy again.

This Puppy Was Left For Dead At The Bottom Of A Canyon. Until A Climber Came Along...

10. Today, Riley is completely healthy and loves going for adventures with his new owner Mr. Anderegg.

This Puppy Was Left For Dead At The Bottom Of A Canyon. Until A Climber Came Along...

11. After gaining back his weight, Riley even appeared on the Ellen show.

This Puppy Was Left For Dead At The Bottom Of A Canyon. Until A Climber Came Along...

12. Riley wearing a tie before his big television interview.

This Puppy Was Left For Dead At The Bottom Of A Canyon. Until A Climber Came Along...

13. Now Riley is never alone, since Mr. Anderegg has another dog named Kohi.

This Puppy Was Left For Dead At The Bottom Of A Canyon. Until A Climber Came Along...

And here is the video:

Source: The Daily Mail.

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