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    Default Rottweiler who spent 2 weeks up England's highest mountain waiting for her owner

    When Gemma the Rottweiler-cross pulled the lead from his hand 1500ft up a mountain and vanished down the steep incline with a yelp, Ian Kennedy feared the worst.
    He and his wife Jo spent the rest of the day looking for their beloved pet among the rocks and ragged paths of Scafell in the Lake District then resumed the search the next morning, but there was no sign of her.
    They left a description of her with police, but as days passed and there was still no news, they resigned themselves to never seeing Gemma again.


    Loyal: Gemma, an 18-month-old rottweiler, was discovered on Scafell Pike two weeks after going missing
    But, incredibly, a mountain rescue team stumbled across her a fortnight later - after she had faithfully made her way back to the spot where her owners last saw her and patiently waited in wind and rain in the hope they would come back.
    Gemma had lost a quarter of her bodyweight and was hobbling on an injured leg but had otherwise survived unscathed.

    She has now been reunited with delighted Mr and Mrs Kennedy at their home in Wigston, Leicestershire.
    The couple, both keen hill walkers, were on a long weekend break in the Lakes when 18 month old Gemma disappeared.

    They had been up Scafell Pike, which at 3,210ft is England's highest mountain, and were halfway up 3,164ft Scafell when the drama unfolded around 2pm on June 14.
    Today Mr Kennedy, 42, an engineer, said: 'While we were walking, Gemma took a jump from one rock to another, pulled the lead out of my hand and off she went.
    'She went down the mountain but by the time I got there, she had gone. We were heartbroken.'

    Dogged determination: Gemma is patted by a member of the mountain rescue after they came across her on Scafell Pike
    Mrs Kennedy, 31, a fundraiser for the Meningitis Trust charity, said: 'She was on an extender lead and it was to full extension. It snapped back towards her when she broke free and that may have spooked her and made her run off.

    'She'll chase after cats and footballs, but she normally comes back when you call her so something must have frightened her.
    'I heard her yelp then it went quiet. We thought at first she may have fallen. We looked for her until 6pm when we had to go back to the caravan site where we were staying.
    'Some walkers thought they'd seen her and we followed the direction they said she was going in but we just couldn't find her. The next day we went back to where we lost her but there was no sign of her.'
    Returning home, they tearfully had to break the bad news to their daughter Rebecca, 13, who had been staying with relatives while they were away.
    Mr Kennedy was astonished when two weeks later the mountain rescuers rang to say they had found Gemma.
    He said: 'She was tired but happy when she saw us. We were so pleased. We were afraid someone might have found her and kept her.'
    Members of Wasdale rescue team were searching for three walkers attempting the Three Peaks Challenge - which involves climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales, in 24 hours - when they found Gemma.
    Team doctor Mike Greene, who was the first to spot her, said: 'We saw three people and two dogs.

    'Gemma was sitting close by. I thought she was with the walkers, but the walkers thought she was with us.
    'We had a message circulated by police, saying a dog matching this description had gone missing, so we knew who she was.
    'Gemma had returned to the area her owners had last been to and she was just sitting there as if she was waiting to be found.'
    The Kennedys believe Gemma, who they got from a animal rescue centre last year, survived her ordeal by eating grass and sheep droppings.
    Mrs Kennedy said: 'We think her leg wound was from getting the lead wrapped round it. She had chewed the lead off when they found her.
    'She is a lovely, friendly dog and we're so glad to have her back.'

    Pictured: Gemma the devoted Rottweiler who spent TWO WEEKS up England's highest mountain waiting for her owner | Mail Online

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    see people, your dogs would wait for you that long. searched for 2 days? lame.
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    Awwwww puppy I'm so glad he was found.


    (It's threads like these that make me realize I love animals more than people.)
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    Dogs are very sweet and loyal...
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    This story reminded me abit of a Futurama episode about Fry's dog, which makes me cry and the song at the end

    If it takes forever, I will wait for you
    For a thousand summers, I will wait for you
    'til you're back beside me, 'til I'm holding you
    'til I hear you sigh here in my arms

    Any where you run to, any where you go
    Every day remember, how I love you so
    In your heart believe what in my heart I know
    that forever more I'll wait for you

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    This is such a sweet story! I'm glad he made it out alright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    see people, your dogs would wait for you that long. searched for 2 days? lame.
    Just how long should they have looked for ?

    bearing in mind that they both have jobs, a 13 year old daughter, and also Scafell Pike is England's highest mountain, not an easy thing to go searching every day
    Last edited by astrognats; July 3rd, 2008 at 01:03 PM.

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    I would have never left Josie. Never!

    I'm so glad Gemma is safe.

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    aww that reminds me of that dog who's owner died and he sat by his grave for the next 14 years (he was just a puppy when his owner died). The people who lived where this happened built him a shelter to keep him out of the rain because he refused to go inside, and they fed him too.
    There's even a statute to honour the doggie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rica View Post
    aww that reminds me of that dog who's owner died and he sat by his grave for the next 14 years (he was just a puppy when his owner died). The people who lived where this happened built him a shelter to keep him out of the rain because he refused to go inside, and they fed him too.
    There's even a statute to honour the doggie.
    This is about greyfriars bobby? If it is then it's not true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahti View Post
    This is about greyfriars bobby? If it is then it's not true.
    yes and wash your mouth out! I'll believe it because its a sweet and cute story!

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    Yeh pretty much my thoughts Grimm.

    Two piss weak days?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCkissesx View Post
    Yeh pretty much my thoughts Grimm.
    Quote Originally Posted by CCkissesx View Post

    Two piss weak days?


    again I am forced to ask,

    Just how long should they have looked for ?

    bearing in mind that they both have jobs, a 13 year old daughter, and also
    Scafell Pike is England's highest mountain, not an easy thing to go searching every day

    then again Iím sure you all have jobs you can ring up, tell the boss you can't find your dog and you wont be in until you find her.

    I'm sure you can all tell relatives that instead of looking after your daughter for the weekend they will have to look after her until you find your dog

    I'm sure you can all Climb England's highest mountain every day, sure why not, itís like a walk in the park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey View Post
    This story reminded me abit of a Futurama episode about Fry's dog,
    I cried over that terribly because I knew it was true.

    I'm in love with this rottie.
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