A mastiff weighing in at nearly 200 pounds had to be rescued from a mountain hike near Salt Lake City after suffering from exhaustion on Sunday.
Three-year-old Floyd was brought down the Grandeur Peak trail on a stretcher after he laid down and his owner was unable to move him. Several hikers called local police to report that the owner and his dog were stuck.
The rescue team — that started their mission around 6:30 p.m. — strapped Floyd to their stretcher and carried the 190-pound dog down the mountain.
“Floyd was a good boy and was happy to be assisted,” the Salt Lake County Sheriff wrote in a Facebook post. "Hopefully, Floyd will be up and hiking again soon!"
Floyd, his owner, and the rescue team were off the mountain around 10:30 p.m.
His owner's sister, Amy Sandoval, commented on the Facebook post, explaining that the pair had taken a wrong turn and lost the trail. By the time they found it again, Floyd was too tired to move. Another commenter said she and her children witnessed the rescue team heading up to get the dog, and thanked the sheriff and his crew.
If you’re hiking with your dog, the American Kennel Club recommends bringing plenty of water and avoiding hot days, as pups’ bodies handle heat differently than humans. You should also make sure your dog trained for hiking paths and be sure to plan a clear route. Those hiking with young or old dogs should be particularly cautious about pushing a dog’s limits.
In July, hikers in Shenandoah National Park rescued a dog who had been lost and wandering the park for 11 days.