At the beginning of August, the tropical storm Isaias hit my home Puerto Rico and brought massive flooding. One of the dogs I grew up with named Nieve got lost in the middle of the storm. This dog was adopted as a little puppy by my brother almost 12 years ago. My brother moved away, and my uncle, who lives on a farm, has been taking care of him since 2017. This dog loves living with him on the farm and gets along very well with hens, pigeons, and other large breed dogs.
Five days after the tropical storm passed, my uncle couldn’t find him and we thought he might be dead. I thought no one could be able to find him. But after eight days, my uncle started hearing an animal crying from far away. He went to check and found him on a cliff.
Nieve was there crying and unable to walk, but he survived!! He did not eat or drink water in more than a week, and it’s was a miracle to hear that Nieve was still alive!! He was all dirty, weak, and could barely open his eyes. When my uncle found him, he was still in danger because he could fall from the cliff. My uncle couldn’t reach him, so he talked to him, motivated him to get up and to walk a bit, and he did! Then, my uncle was able to grab him and wrapped him on a plastic bag. My uncle used all his strength to carry him through a hill to go back home.
This dog was starving after eight days without food. When Nieve was finally safe, he ate a lot of water and food. However, he was weak and kept falling when trying to stand up. The next two days after he was found, he was able to walk and run like he always does.
I must say that everyone loves this dog, and he has gained a place in our hearts. He is one of the older, friendlier, and obedient dogs I have ever met. Nieve might be just a dog that survived a terrible event, but without a doubt, he is an excellent example of resilience and strength.