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Lost Dog Stays At Site Of Family’s Car Crash For 13 Days Before Being Discovered -- Saturday September 12th, 2015

Kathy Wilkes-Myers was walking along the highway one day when she noticed something bizarre. It wasn’t unusual to see a stray animal wandering the open roads, but there was something about this Rottweiler that told Kathy she wasn’t a stray.

“I could just tell right away she was somebody’s baby. She just didn’t act like a stray dog to me,” Kathy told CBS. The dog, Ella, was emaciated, surviving only on the water from a drainage ditch.

Although it isn’t unheard of for someone to dump a dog in the middle of nowhere, Ella was communicating, somehow, that she wasn’t thrown away. Kathy did some digging.

She remembered there had been a terrible car accident right where she found Ella. When she returned to the accident site, she noticed something: It was a pile of wreckage and personal items.

Ella had been collecting what was left of the car accident — what was left of her family.

“She was hoping her family could come back. But they couldn’t. They couldn’t come back. It just breaks your heart,” said Kathy. “It was like she was sleeping with them — or waiting with them.”

It may seem unusual for a dog to remember its owners, but it happens all the time. In another story, veteran Jessica Gutierrez was separated from her dog for 5 years. When they reunited? The dog remembered her as clear as day.

Kathy assumed the drivers must’ve been dead, but she called the highway patrol anyway.

“She gave me the mom’s name and the dad’s name and the mom’s name was Michelle. And I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is their dog,’ ” she said.

The full story? Ella was thrown from the car during the accident. The rescue crew didn’t see her and she spent 13 days scavenging and waiting for her family to return.

But there’s more: the family survived. They thought Ella was dead. Thanks to Kathy’s big heart and detective work, she was able to reunite Ella and her humans. Watch the sweet reunion above!

Dog rescued from a frozen creek, survives, finds a new home -- Friday November 28th, 2014

DENVER — Three Good Samaritans ran across an injured dog a few weeks ago that was stuck, frozen in a creek in Bible Park in southeast Denver. They got the rottweiler out of the creek and took him to the Dumb Friends League nearby.

The dog, named “River,” was nursed back to health and now he has a new, loving home.

“Animals are living creatures and they are grateful for you for taking them home,” Adopting Counselor Hortensia Orellana Rosell said. “It’s the most wonderful gift you can give, it’s just to give an animal a wonderful home. And an animal will give you the same gift of love and companionship for the rest of your lives.”

The people who take care of the dog believe he was hit by a car and that’s how he ended up in Goldsmith Gulch at the park.

“He was injured and he was stuck in the gulch. There was some frozen water and he couldn’t get out. His back end was submerged in the water…and he couldn’t move,” Dumb Friends League spokeswoman Megan Rees said.

The three strangers jumped in the freezing water to rescue the dog. “They said he was just as sweet as can be, the whole time they were trying to get him out of the river.”

“Our veterinarians immediately saw that his back leg was broken. The fracture was so complicated that we did have to amputate his leg,” Rees said.

He gets around just fine on his three other legs.

River didn’t have a collar or microchip. No one showed up to claim him, so they gave him medical treatment and set him up in a foster home. Just in time for the Black Friday “Name Your Price” donation discount, River went up for adoption.

A couple from Highlands Ranch adopted River. They say they made up their minds to take him home even before they knew his story.