Posted: Jan 6, 2012 5:37 PM by KBZK/KXLF Media Center
Updated: Jan 6, 2012 6:02 PM
A Welsh corgi who captured hearts across Southwest Montana after people learned that it returned to a Cooke City motel room after a fatal avalanche claimed its owner's life may have had an even more miraculous journey than previously thought.
Ole was feared dead. But those fears were put to rest after he appeared at the Alpine Motel in Cooke City Wednesday around noon.
But on Friday, details of Ole's incredible journey turned out to be even more incredible.
Officials with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center said in their daily report that they believe Ole survived for four days, buried three feet deep, in the avalanche that killed his owner, David Gaillard.
"He likely heard Doug and Karl walking on the debris conducting the accident investigation while he was still buried," Mark Staples wrote in his report.
The GNFAC released video that shows a hole with fur in it where they believe Ole was buried. They believe he slowly clawed himself out of the hole, surfaced then traveled several miles through rough terrain and following a trail back to the motel where his owners had stayed.
Robert Weinstein was the first to spot the dog right outside the room where David Gaillard and his wife, Kerry, had stayed.
"God this is crazy. There's no way it can be, but it has to be their dog, there's nobody in town that has a corgi breed...I went and got some food. I fed it two times. It just ate like it hadn't eaten in four days," said Weinstien.
After the story of Ole's incredible journey broke on Wednesday, online readers voiced their amazement.
"WOW! That's amazing! I'm so happy for the family, I'm sure Ole snuggles will help bring this family a little bit of comfort," one www.kbzk.com visitor wrote.
"Go Ole corgi go!," said another.
"Heart breaking and warming at the same time!" one reader wrote on www.kxlf.com.
"Hopeful side to a sad story," wrote another.
Watch the video here: