Pooch Airlifted From Angeles National Forest After Pooping Out On Trail

SAN DIMAS (CBS) — An afternoon hike turned into an overnight ordeal when a couple, whose 80-pound dog joined them for the trek, couldn’t make it back down the trail.

Officials said the dog, Baxter, a Labrador mix, suffered cuts to his paws from rocks on the trail at the Angeles National Forest, just north of San Dimas. The walk became too hard and he grew too tired, forcing his owners to call police for help.

The couple couldn’t carry the dog themselves, so they waited overnight for help to arrive.

On Sunday morning, a rescue helicopter arrived and had to completely shut down to calm the frightened dog enough to board. The couple and the dog were eventually airlifted to safety.

The couple, who did not have clothing or camping supplies, was cold when they were picked up, but were said to be doing fine.

  • Reagen

    AW, that poor doggie Does look so beat. I’m really grateful that we have kind rescue services here that will take the time to help our canine friends. Thanks so much to all of you!

    • J Vans

      Actually, the owners of this dog are gonna have to pay for this. I know a couple who were pulled out of the backcountry in Washington and payed thousands for it. They didnt hesitate or feel bad about it either. And by the way, Animals are wonderful companions. I was once a miserable soul like you GARY and my dog has made my life a hundred times better.I spend a lot of money on my dog and I dont think twice about it. My dog probably has better healthcare and a better life than you idiots. Stay in your miserable lives and continue your hate blogs…and I will continue to bring my dog in public places and hike in NATIONAL FORESTS a little more now just for you guys….Try not to slit your wrists.

      • Bill H

        Actually you sound pretty miserable to me and misanthropic.

      • Zwolf

        Wow JJ you are so pathetic it would be funny if you were not so hateful. I think I know why you would resort to animals for companionship – because no person in their right mind would tolerate someone so vile.

        You leave the rest of us to wonder how far you take this bizarre companionship with your dog…someone hide the peanut butter JJ loves his dogs in a strange way

    • Re: J Vans

      You’re probably right, your dog likely has better healthcare that “us idiots”

      Just please: if you take your dog into the “National Wilderness” of the suburb you live in, pick up his doo-doo, keep him quiet, and be prepared to carry his lazy arse out yourself if he get’s tired. Don’t waste the time of our Rescue heli’s.

      Correct, there is nothing wrong with dogs (they are great! I have one myself), it’s the ignorance and pampered lifestyles that their owners indulge in.

      • mikeq

        You Know it was the lazy arse owners my man not the dog but the story wouldn’t get any attention without some stupid headline and story

      • gary

        I agree, it’s the the dogs. Take J Vans of the world. They got this animal agenda to impose upon folks like us. We apparently are all “miserable souls” if we don’t care to french kiss Gidget like they do.
        The J Vans don’t quite get it though, I’m afraid. I will not allow them to inject their militant education they got watching Scoobydoo and endless episodes of Lassie on this one blogger. Nope. They don’t know this dog lover…or “hater” as they as quick and inaccurately to reply. Oh the stories I could tell.
        Keep you dog away from me. Law or not on your side, I will make your day for your defiance to delibrately bring your dog to a public place. Hope I am not there at the time. Again to make a complaint about this crazed dog “rescue”—-try the LA County Fire Dept at :(323)881-2411.

      • hunter

        Gary, I’d like to see you try that with my dog

    • Don

      This story is a perfect illustration of what is wrong with our country. Human life is trivial (Surely a person suffered needlessly somewhere because there wasn’t a helo immediately available), “adults” are void of the type of common sense and toughness it took to make this country what it was, up until a relatively short time ago, and try as you may, it is a futile assertion to say that these dolts willay even a fraction of what the flight actually cost. But then again, like most Americans, you are likely a product of the government school system. If America were a movie, I’m sad to say it would be Bambi instead of Old Yeller. My heart breaks as I see the country my children will grow up in.

      • Hayseed

        Plenty of sadness to go around. I’ve seen dog owners’ force their dog to walk with them on a sidewalk when the temperature there is hot enough to cause blisters on the dog’s paws. I’ve also seen people who don’t toughen up their dog’s pads before taking them for a ‘little hike’ in the mountains where there is more rock than grass, more cactuses than verbena.

        Owner’s like that really need to relieved of their owner respnosibilities and let someone who really knows how to treat a dog, adopt it.

      • Swordsman

        I really liked Red Sonya – a real class warrioress…

      • Don

        John, you miss the point. If not, then I’ll assume you either disagree or just felt it easier to avoid constructing a cogent response to my assertion. As for your misapplied cliche…the “love it or leave it” command was given to those people who were fundamentally opposed to our country’s founding notions, values, and traditions; or who were simply averse to responsibility of any kind (hence the mantra of the day to “tune in, turn on, and drop out”). The erosion of the former in favor of the latter, manifests itself everywhere; which brings us back to this pathetic story. Follow?

      • Josh


        This country was built on a grand idea. Unfortunately, many of the people living in it forgot what it was. Just imagine people came here to start a new world, and a few hundred years later, 42% of the people cant even provide themselves food, housing, or other basic necessities

      • john

        if you don’t like our country, leave don. your children don’t have to grow up here if you’re so ashamed.

      • RedSonya59

        Don, you are so very right! Most of these people who go hiking in such places couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag. And yes, it said that the owners of the dog didn’t have diddly squat for provisions for their overnight stay…what? We have to bring food and water? What? We should be prepared for an emergency? What? Our dog is fat and out of shape and we didn’t bring booties with us for his feet, why should we worry about that? Hey, they can just send a helicopter for us, we’re entitled to that, right? The ride out is free, right? This country is in real trouble, and the time will come when the wheat will be separated from the chaff. Sigh…

      • y777

        I agree with John. If you’re that down on America, GO!

        Your twisted spin on and lengthy articulation of facts speak for themselves. Your self-righteous so-called cogent generalizations are equally disturbing.

        IF you are really so concerned about your chldren be more bent on teaching them to be passionate and kind to animals rather than whine about our country, and judging others for being void of the common sense and toughness you say it took to make this country what it was, [and I believe will continue to be.] Curb the copious so-called futile assertions and confusing pontifications and oracles of Don.

        Consider blogging elsewhere if you expect others to cogitate more intensely and opine more to your liking and expectations. This blog is simply about a pooch who was put at risk by his irreponsible owners but who at least did what they thought best to help him. Unfortunately, like too many people often do concerning animals, they used poor judgment exposing this poor animal to such a grueling experience. They were indeed selfish in doing so, and IMO should be held accountable somehow, someway.

        The only thing truly pathetic, however, is your take on this report. To reiterate, if you are so concerned about your children’s future teach them to be compassonate and kind to animals. Therein lies a cogent, simple but great truth for a better country, and world!

    • upchuck

      I so glad we spent our tax money on this. Its not like we are running a deficit in California or anything. Our state has plenty of money for this.

      • NotMichaelVick

        Gary….I thought I was the only one. Animal LOVERS are crazy. Its a dog, not a human. Why don’t these people invest in human beings (kids/elderly) the same way they invest in animals.

      • gary

        absolutely agree upchuck. these dog people have so over played their hands. I am SICK ot their imposing their doggie animal agenda on those who dont want their flea bag carriiers sitting next to me in McDonalds. What in the hell. The damn mutt should NOT be allowed in public places….not even national forrest. If they don’t like these thoughts and words? Challenge me.

      • James E. Unger

        They should horses, don’t they. This dog should have been shot.

      • Chris

        Tax dollars were spend and will be recouped. This couple will get a giant fat bill for the helicopter ride.

      • patsypastsy

        Right on the family getting the bill.
        Resuce crews take opportuniteis likes this to test out rescue.
        Foolish to not take better care of thier dog and not be more prepared.

      • renee kargen

        This story shows the world what makes the US different from the rest of the world! We are compassionate, caring, even if an animal is involved.. You “upchuck” just dont get it. How sad . I hope you are not my neighbor! or god forbid someone I know!

      • KaD

        Agreed! The authorities should give these morons a bill for the ‘rescue’. All that was needed was for somone to bring them a stretcher; they should have both taken an end and carried their dog out themselves. Either way; good lesson for these stooges.

      • Brian Miller

        A.) The owners will get a whopping bill for the rescue efforts.
        B.) It’s not the dogs fault California can’t get its #$&% together.
        C. What worthless sorry excuses for human beings some of you are. It’s a nice heart-warming story of people working together to help an animal. Dogs offer unconditional friendship and love, and I’d rather spend the majority of my time with them rather than in the company of most of you.

      • drew

        I would rather help the poor dog than all of these illegal aliens,and welfare rats.

      • ericlb

        I would much rather my tax dollars go to this than a pay for an abortion or fund illegal children. I would much rather have my taxes go to this then fund 50% of the American poplulation that does not pay any TAXES! I would much rather pay for this than let a violent, convicted murderer eat off of my dime. Just shoot the POS and move on!

        Looking at the society that we are living in today, I would much rather spend tax money saving a dog.

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      • love my pets

        upchuck, these people will be paying for this not the tax payer. I wd have done the seame for my dog too!

      • jennifer

        Gary, I certainly hope that when you get lost, that the dog that comes to find you has been able to train in those same national forests.

      • Leslie

        Because sometimes you just have to do the right thing.

      • Rob Thierry

        I’m sure the people complaining about tax dollars being spent on this have no problem spending billions a year on illegals.

      • fred

        We have plenty of money, it seems, for illegals, this dog rescue is small potatoes.

      • Jeff

        You are correct upchuck. Californians have more important things to spend their money on such as free healthcare, housing and education for illegal aliens.

      • James

        Anyone who actually read the story can see that actually, the people were airlifted too. In all probability the airlift was because THEY needed it, and then some reporter decided to put a sensational headline on it. We should all be annoyed with this disingenuous reporting.

      • Scott

        Get your facts straight Upchuck.

      • upchuckonchuck

        Just because I can I think I’ll do this with my dogs next weekend.

      • Roger Wallace

        Our state doesn’t have money for this, and the owners should be charged the entire dollar amount for whatever it costs to bring in that chopper. As I understood it, anytime anyone (or their pet) needs to be rescued from a state park, they are to incur the costs of the rescue. Is this still not true?

      • freecheese

        What are you saying? You would let the poor thing die? I hope some day, you get into that dog’s prediciment. Maybe, some birght human with your brain power would say you aren’t worth the tax dollars. Duh!

      • Bruce_Almty

        I hope the owners were charged appropriately….I’m thinking several thousand dollars for a helo rescue.

      • Mangas Coloradas

        They’ll be getting a nice fat bill from rescue services. Time to put the pooch on diet dog food.

      • Bogartofnorwich

        To NotMichaelVick
        Invest in human beings? They didn’t even invest in CLOTHES!! This must have been a “nature” trail. Who takes their old dog on a hike…. naked? :-)

      • _Andy

        I bet the rescue was cheaper than Pelosi’s wine bill for the day.

      • ol yeller

        I’d really like to read a followup story to see if the owners did in fact pay for the chopper ride and how much it cost them.

      • Tom

        I am an animal lover, but I do agree with you.
        Are the owners to be billed for this?

    • mountain bill

      That may be true but who ends up paying the thousands of dollars incurred for a rescue that could have been prevented if the owners had not been unprepared for the conditions. I hope they bill them for the services.

    • Generica Dudes

      The should have slapped some some turpentine on his ass…..he would have ROCKETED out of there yelping to get home, little doggie. Just sayin’.

    • Ther Guy

      Darwin was right!

    • diana

      Reagen: Thank you for your kinds words on this blog! There are so many ignorant people on this site.

    • JCkingofgeorge

      I don’t think it was the dog that was to tired. How many times have you ever seen a dog so tired it couldn’t walk or play. They were lazy hikers just using the dog as an excuse to get a free ride home.

      • Conan

        Good gawd, Red, I like you even more. Next thing you’re going to tell me is that you know how to swing a sword.

      • Randy

        A free ride hone? Hardly, you idiot. The owners will be paying the tab.

      • swissik

        A responsible dog owner does not take a dog on a hike on natural trails with rocks, granite etc. unless the dog wears special booties. The article mentions that the dog’s paws were cut up that is why it could no longer walk. I knew a dog that regulary ran marathons with its owner, never tired and paws were used to asphalt. Medium to large size dogs don’t get tired unless injured. They can walk 30 miles/day.

      • Leslie

        Wow, you people are something else. I believe it is peole like you JC and Gary, James and Upchuck that make this world the sad place it can be. I believe the phrase “mean people suck” referes to all of you. I much rather spend the remainder of my days with my dogs than I would with any of you. Plain and simply put your just mean. I feel sorry for whoever has to deal with you all on a daily basis. It must be very exhaustung.

      • James

        @ swissik: “…unless the dog wears booties.” HA! You put shoes on your dog to go hiking? You’re out of your mind, dude.

      • RedSonya59

        JCKing and Swissik, you are right on as well…but Leslie, you need to toughen up a bit. The bleeding hearts of this world will drag down the working class taxpayers of this country and bleed us to death. It’s already happening–just look at the new health care “deal” they came up with. The hemorrhage continues, and the mighty juggernaut that was once the American economy is just a feeble shadow of its former self. Self-sufficiency and preparedness is an after-thought to those who look to their government to solve all their problems. We are not “MEAN”, we are realists who have gotten over wearing our hearts on our sleeves.

      • hunter

        @James, let’s see you stay outside in the elements barefooted and see how you fair. Unless I am mistaken I bet my bottom dollar you wear shoes, don’t you? Why? Are you afraid of getting your feet cut or something? Oh poor baby!

    • JJ

      Reagen Reality.
      Complain all you want but I am for it. It is no different than the fire department purposely setting a building on fire for training exercises. As long as it does not interfere with other waiting rescues it is just another way for the rescue squads to keep their skills sharp for the times when they need to rescue your sorry butt.

      • JJ loves his puppy

        But it could have interfered with a real rescue. If people do this in the future there might be legitimate rescues that don’t happen because of some idiots and their dog. And how do you know that what happened here was good training? Maybe they train some other way that is cheaper and less risky? Maybe they have already been properly trained for the year? Please prove to us that you are aware of the status and procedures of training the rescue workers. Otherwise, you have no clue and are just making stuff up. You are just upset that others don’t share your weird love of dogs. You need to form some normal, healthy relationships with people…

    • rsmig29

      Send the doting owners if this loser pooch the bill for this idiotic misuse of resources.

    • sistaelle

      I’m with JVans. The animal was more than just tired.. he was injured. The owners were at risk being responsible owners and unable to leave him. The choppers are run on training missions anyway. No harm in performing an actual rescue. The couple pay taxes like anyone else and are perfectly justified in making use of the rescue. To leave a domestic animal alone and injured in a National Forest would be animal cruelty. The only reason I’d be embarrassed for the whole human race is when I read responses like Gary and Reagen Reality. What a miserable lot.

      • Irresponsible pet owners everywhere

        How do you know it was a training mission? I didn’t read that in the article. And if the money hadn’t been spent on this stupid rescue, it could have been spent on something else more important than a dog. So in your opinion, paying taxes makes these people perfectly justified in what they did? What if there were a real rescue (of a human) that needed to be done but didn’t get there in time because of these idiots and their dog? What if the helicopter had crashed on the way and killed those on board? The money spent and risk taken here was not justified to save a dog. Bottom line – tax payer services should NOT be used to rescue animals. Sorry if that offends your emotion-led logic where anything is justified to save a cute fluffy animal.

      • shawn

        agree, but i will stretch it to stupid people also. we have to clean up our gene pool, too many stupid people breeding. they should have been left to die a hopefully slow painful death :-)

    • Fred

      The angry replies here just show that there’s people who don’t like other people and will pick any reason to minimize or crab at them…in this case a dog. Gary, Upchuck and others here will find their true calling as bureaucrats who can administer the rationing boards for medical care in a few years. Just a bunch of road ragers that don’t happen to be in their cars at the moment, or their spouses are at work at the moment so they can’t take out their frustration on them.

      • Don

        No Fred. Look at Randy and Diana’s comments to see angry, meaningless responses. The “angry, hateful people” YOU see are, in fact, presenting clearly defined, logical arguments. I, for one, learned as a child that when all someone could come up with was the “Oh yeah, well your ugly” argument, it meant that they didn’t have the ability to see through the oppressive cloud of debilitating emotional overload to even take a stab at a logical argument, and knew it. I refer you to my first post, as it dovetails with my overall perspective. I would take pity, if not for the fact that their type are portrayed in the mainstream/popular culture as the victim; a point you made for me quite well.

    • Mannie

      That’s now about a $10,000 dog. I hope they are charged every nickel of the rescue costs.

      What a joke.

    • eric

      The dog is their responsibility, not the taxpayers. They should be charged every penny for the cost of the dog rescue.

    • nichols

      My 75lb hound saved my son’s life on a hiking trip, but took 7 copperhead bites in the process. My son, 14 at the time, and his grandfather took turns carrying the dog out on their shoulders, 5+ miles. You get in, you should get yourself out no matter what!

      • Idyler

        What happened? One snake or several?

    • Member548

      Know who else loved his dog so much it had better health care then a lot of “poor miserable humans”?

      Adolf Hitler.

      Caring more about animals doesn’t give you any kind of moral high ground, matter of fact it probably means you are socially underdeveloped and lacking in empathy if you identify with, or value any non sentient being more then one that is self aware.

      • Mr. Common Sense

        I agree, to many lift pets up above humans, and would never think of having children but love thier pets like kids, they have missed the purpose of life.

      • diana

        your a Moran!

      • Mathew Sewell

        AND THERE IT IS, folks, the Hitler comparison. Congratulations on once again proving Godwin’s Law, you bumbling moron.

      • Mathew is a putz

        Mathew, you are a putz. People can make Hitler comparisons if they want. Quit trying to tell people what they can and cannot say.

    • kjh

      Land of animal worship….no surprise California’s broke….

    • quarvis

      The dog should have been left behind or shot and left for the forest critters.

      • diana

        there is an ass just everywhere!

      • jim calrk

        no you should …you inbread fool of lowbrow brain matter…if you need help understanding this pelae write i will put it in more trailer park terms for ya…..
        .jim clark boone nc….

      • diana

        go and shoot yourself, no one would give a damm!

    • Tyrone

      It would be nice if the reporter could pass a 3rd grade grammar test.

    • Disgusted

      It’s a stupid dog! Yes, if it was my dog, I would have left it. I will not risk my life to save an animals life, no matter how long I’ve had them. I am sick of how people treat animals like they are human beings.

      • y777

        You’re a stupid person! a real winner bragging how despicable you are. I’m sick of people like you looking to impress others with your sick mindsets and ignorant comments.

      • diana

        your a disgrace to the human race, just go and commit suicide, I promise you no one would give a damm!

      • NGCares

        Dear Disgusted – – you are a useless human being – – not even worthy of being called an animal.

      • Diana Mora

        and your a stupid person! your ignorant, heartless, and worth nothing! Your JERK

    • Rick A Hyatt

      Too bad they weren’t Boy Scouts. Then they would have been prepared, to say the least, and had a Swiss Army knife with them. With that, they could have put the old mutt to rest, built a fire, and had a warm evening with a grand meal to boot. Think it’s anything else in the rest of the world, or do we in the US just live by Liberal Utopian Dreams and self-delusions? Next time they should bring pepper and salt and sidearms. I always do in these Wyoming mountains, and ain’t got et yet. Haven’t had the need of Federal expensive helicopters I’d just pay for in my next tax bill, too.
      It’s really time to turn the clock back to self-sufficiency, the American ideal.

      • y777

        talk about self delusions. What would you know about the american ideal, you uncivilized sicko?

    • a

      Hrm, I don’t want my taxes paying for this.

      Why didn’t the woman walk home, leave the man with the dog overnight, and the woman bring back a wheelbarrow or a human-team the next day, to hike out the dog?

    • Looneytoonsindville

      I hope the helo ride costs them a small fortune. Next time, maybe they will decide that Doggie Day Care is cheaper than taking the tyke along!

    • Fred

      Although dogs licks their balls…they don’t speak English …..just leave that dog in the hills nd buy another one….winning

    • jim clark

      you are right ..thankyou..the few idiots that dont understand are not men or women they are p..suies and weak stick peices of of self absorbed s**t…probably illegals that ate p-ssed they are lossing out on some free bucks for them and thier 12 freaking loud brats,….
      wait till your stranded somwhere you couch potatao, and lets video your pathetic begging for help …then lets see how you look when hurt and in need …..you f–in looser…gezz i hate self absorbed m-fcrs….id like to .308 yer ass….not the dog…..jim,boone nc

    • jim clark

      thanks for yer comment ..great

    • Tim

      Yea, Gary I will. There is nothing wrong at all about service animals in McDonalds or anywhere else for that matter. Federal laws say so. If you don’t like it, oh well.

    • David Clark

      At a time when California is circling the financial toilet will this couple pay the $10,000 it cost to fly their dog out? And what if a human needed immediate help while transporting this dog to somewhere?

      Not that it would make it all better if the dog was in critical condition but he was just tired, TIRED! Would they rescue a human who was just tired? Only in California.

    • Kirsten

      People like this annoy me. Why didn’t they have booties for their dog? Why couldn’t the two of them manage to carry an 80lb. dog? Why didn’t they have first-aid supplies, food, water, etc.? If you’re going to go hiking, make sure you have all the necessary supplies. Personally, I always take things that I probably won’t need, but at least I’d have them just in case. The last time we took our dogs camping I brought a doggy first-aid kit and a human first-aid kit just to be safe. C’mon dog owners, wise-up! I wonder if they even remembered to bring doggie bags…

  • http://losangelesforme.com/2011/08/dog-gone-tired-pooch-airlifted-from-angeles-national-forest-after-pooping-out-on-trail/ Dog Gone Tired! Pooch Airlifted From Angeles National Forest After Pooping Out On Trail | Los Angeles for Me

    […] The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says a dog was airlifted from the Angeles National Forest after it was too sore and tired for the return trip from the Bridge To Nowhere Trail. More from: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com… […]

  • snf

    Oh, poor Baxter! He looks like a good boy. Hope is ok and the rescuers too.

    • c'mon

      Please tell me this is sarcastic. Do you realize the resources that are wasted when Rescue has to save a “poor doggie” and it’s ignorant, lazy owners from a mild/moderate day hike? I’m literally embarrassed for the human race to read stories like this. And even more embarrassed when I read comments from people who are so spoiled and short-sided that they would actually applaud the ignorant canine coddling and waste of our dollars.

      • Aaron

        So, does anyone want to guess what Matthew Sewell’s annual pension going to be? Retiring at age 40 for what, $100k/yr, $120k/yr? California’s hard-working public servants deserve every one of our dollars.

      • Mathew Sewell

        What wasted resources? Have you ever worked in rescue? Ever? Yeah, I didn’t think so. This is no different than a training exercise. If there was a higher priority rescue, a secondary team would have been sent after the dog and its owners. Obviously there were no other rescues needed.

        How is this ANY different than a weekly training exercise? You use the same resources, same manpower, etc. to go “rescue” a mannequin. Does that make you feel better, when we fly ourselves out to rescue plastic dolls? It’s necessary practice, and I would much rather be on standby and go rescue an actual dog than “rescue” a piece of freaking plastic.

        “Wasted resources”? SO us “resources” would be less “wasted” If we were lying in our beds and sleeping while waiting to get a call? You’re an absolute fool.

      • James

        Take the time to read the story. It’s just a sensational headline… the rescue was for the hikers, not the dog. This has nothing to do with “canine coddling.” The hikers needed rescue because they are stupid, weak humans. The dog is incidental….but hey, they got you to read it, didn’t they?

      • searsbigtex

        Thank you Mathew Sewell for giving us this insight. As one of those spoiled people I would pay whatever it took to have one of my canine babies rescued.

  • ST

    So this cost about $4 or 500,000 dollars.

    • John Chris

      LOL $4?! Thats not even going to cover a miniscule of fuel for the chopper, let alone the salaries of the rescue workers.

      This probally cost tax payers atleast 100k.

      • Mathew Sewell

        You do realize you’d be paying our salaries whether they went out and rescued the dog or not, right? And you do realize you’d be paying the helicopter’s maintenance, repair, and fuel costs whether they went out and rescued the dog or not, right?

        Here’s a quick tip: Rescue training is done constantly, with the frequency increasing as the number of actual rescues decreases. SO, if this hadn’t happened, guess what? You’d still be paying the costs.

      • CNILE

        $1200/hr PER ENGINE for fuel, and that’s a way low estimate. The dog was probably fat and out of shape, and should have been left at home in the A/C. While I see nothing wrong with the dog in the park, the dog can’t tell you that it would rather be in the hotel room watching HBO. I agree that it was animal cruelty.

      • James

        You’re out of your mind; they just flew a chopper out and picked them up. The fuel for one chopper trip is NOT $100k except in the vast depths of your vivid imagination. Please let me know what you are smoking so I can try it, too.

  • Den

    Thanks for this heart warming story.

    • Rick A Hyatt

      Toto, Toto, are we home now?

  • cm

    oh poor baby

  • Woody McBreairty

    Do people do stupid things because they’re actually stupid – or do they just not think beyond the end of their nose? People go “hiking” just before a flooding rain storm, snow storm, or go “hiking” in freezing weather, then have to be rescued at a great expense to the public and should be requried to repay it. They should also required to perform community service for being such careles idiots. I love that Baxter was rescued, he too is an innocent victim of these people’s moronic behavior.

    • Steve

      Ha! That’s what I tell my son (19) all the itme – you gotta think beyond the end of your nose!

    • konc1

      John Wayne said it best, “life’s tough, it’s even tougher when you’re stupid. send these morons a bill for the cost of the rescue. let them chaulk it up to the cost of being stupid.

    • bounce

      Sad but true. It should have been obvious to the owners on the way up that Baxter was slowing down and running out of energy — I hope he’s going to be OK.

    • Scott A

      They do stupid things because there is no real consequence for their actions. Tired dog? Call a chopper to airlift it out. If they were forced to either carry the dog themselves or leave the dog to die, they would never make that mistake again.

      People are not held accountable for the stupid decisions they make so they keep making them.

      • sistaelle

        Our govt and insurance companies give benefits to a whole plethora of people who indulge willingly in behaviors that are proven to put them at risk on a regular basis. I’d rather give it to animal rescue services myself.

      • Mathew Sewell

        The dog shouldn’t have to suffer because of stupid owners, Scott.

      • Scott A

        Matthew: the dog DID suffer because of the stupid owners and I am willing to bet it wasn’t the first time and probably won’t be the last.

        Stupid people will keep on doing stupid things as long as there are people like you out there to make justifications for their actions.

  • HollywoodSaint

    ….a canine catastrophe…cats rule forever!

    • Kiall Hill

      I wonder when these ppl are going to be called out on animal abuse.

      • sistaelle

        Abuse would be leaving a domestic pet injured in a National Wilderness area unable to protect itself. They are heroes for staying with him and making sure he got out.

    • CNILE

      Cats are too smart to do something as stupid as hiking in the forest. No internet, cheese crackers, or vodka.

  • tracker

    I hope they were made to pay for the rescue. I’ve been on that trail and there is no danger there. I also had a black Lab. who fell off a 50ft cliff and still walked a mile back to camp with no complaints or broken bones, I saw it happen. Who are you trying to kidd No wonder our state is going broke when we waste money like this.

    • Steve

      You know the area and said the trail is not hazardous, so I believe you. The couple could have been a little more resourceful and made a stretcher and carry the dog down. I am very compassionate to animals but how much did this cost the tax payers?

      • Mathew Sewell

        It cost you the same as if the rescue workers had been out “rescuing” a piece of plastic during a training exercise Scott. I don’t see you up in arms when that happens every week, do I?

      • Rick A Hyatt

        Much more than the ingredients for the Filipino recepite for Black Dog Adobo would have been: Shoyu, garlic, vinegar, and a sharp knife. Check out the rest of the starving population of the world, and that would have been their solution. Not we, in the Socialist State of America, we waste $ at every chance we get, in order to drive us into Communism. I’m surprised they didn’t airlift the dog to some far off Veterinarian Specialist Hospital, and give him, like, human organ graft surgeries, or the like.

  • Brenson

    Shut up.Latin ape.

    • ????


  • Eric Slowik

    wow 2 gallons of fuel a minute to save a lazy dog and his dumb owners seems a waste.

    • Mathew Sewell

      So you’re happier when 2 gallons of fuel a minute is used to go into the wilderness and save a mannequin or another rescue worker during a training exercise?

      • Really?

        If this counts as their next training exercise your logic holds. However, I am guessing that they will not cancel their next exercise which would make this rescue an unwanted expenditure. The people who risked the safety of themselves, their dog, and the rescue party should be held responsible.

      • James Bryant

        definatly am. Problem?

      • Veritas

        Parrot much buddy? sheez…….How do you know for a fact that helo had a flight op scheduled? You are talking out your rear as if it were fact. If that “emergency call” had not come in that bird could have sat on the pad all day, you have no idea either way. You berate anyone that questions this waste of a finite and precious resource\ while giving a complete pass to the individuals that got themselves and their dog in over their heads. Welcome to the “NEW” America where people like Matt make any and every excuse they can.

  • TT

    Nice Job Rescue Team !!! that was awsome !!! wish more people cared about their animals as much as this couple…

    • Titty

      Yes, I wish more people were as out of shape, soft-footed, and lazy as this couple and their animal!
      That way EVERY weekend in the LA “wilderness” we could rally our taxpayers to fund the rescue of an overly coddled canine and it’s fool masters.
      Oh, what a splendid world we would live in.


      • Mannie


        {Thumbs Up}

      • Wendy

        Is that “Spay and neuter your ignorant and pampered pet, Owners–or is it “spay and neuter your ignorant pet-owners? Are you telling the pet to spay his owners, or the owners to spay their pets? And do you think a pet could pay the medical bill? And if you want the pet owners altered, do you really think the dog is reading this?

        I’m just imagining my 117-pound Newfoundland (yes, he got neutered at the shelter when I adopted him) conking out somewhere… my husband and I (and no, we did not let our dog neuter and spay us) might be able to manage an eighty pound dog between the two of us, but the 117 – pounds would be a real challenge.

    • FRANK

      If they cared about the dog or had any common sense at all, they would have never taken the dog into the park. It would have been better for every taxpayer for all of them to stay home!

      • Deb

        I agree, if they cared about their dog, they wouldn’t have taken him there. I love my dogs dearly but these people should pay for the rescue. I wouldn’t expect ANYONE else to pay for my stupidity!

      • Mathew Sewell

        Why would it be “better for the taxpayer” Frank? You do realize you’re paying the rescue workers whether they’re rescuing people or not, right? Just like the military, a salaried job means that you don’t need to be doing anything to be earning the money.

        Furthermore, as the helicopters have required maintenance and operating schedules, they have to be run whether they’re rescuing people or not. The pilots also have to maintain flight hours and proficiency, so they fly whether they’re rescuing people or not. And guess what? The fuel used when they’re flying for no reason other than to log more flight hours is paid for the same way as the fuel was here!

        And when we go out and train guess what? You’re paying for that fuel too.

        You could not sound more ignorant if you tried.

      • Rick A Hyatt

        Listen. This whole “Feel Good Story” is to take your mind off of the budget deficit going on now. Grab your remote, turn on some propaganda movie stuff and dumb down, OK? Woof! Bambi!

  • Roger Sunderlin

    and the people of california picked up the tab

    • Mathew Sewell

      You do realize you’re paying the rescue workers whether they’re rescuing people or not, right? Just like the military, a salaried job means that you don’t need to be doing anything to be earning the money.

      Furthermore, as the helicopters have required maintenance and operating schedules, they have to be run whether they’re rescuing people or not. The pilots also have to maintain flight hours and proficiency, so they fly whether they’re rescuing people or not. And guess what? The fuel used when they’re flying for no reason other than to log more flight hours is paid for the same way as the fuel was here!

      And when we go out and train guess what? You’re paying for that fuel too.

  • BillyGoat

    Puh-leeze! Two adults can’t carry an 80lb dog? They should charge them for the flight and add another $5000 “service charge” for being lazy dubazz’s

  • fred flint

    wonder how much this couple is going to have to pay for the rescue? Oh.. .forgive me, this is California, they just take it from someone else through redistribution of wealth.

  • mark

    Give the bill to the stupid to the friggin couple that took the dog up the MOUNTAIN… uhh hellooooo… maybe you should leave the mountain alone. Maybe you should take your dog around the block and take your dumb selves up the mountain to forage and look for cute cuddly bears on your own. Maybe all these friggin morons in this world could start using common sense and sound judgement.

  • Louis

    Couple tree branches and t-shirts and voila, improvised stretcher that didn’t cost 30 to 50 thousand.

    • TW

      Only one problem “The couple, who did not have clothing…” Were they hiking naked?

      • Louis

        Haha! Apparently so were the other fifteen “hikers” that showed up to lend moral support after spotting the cool helicopter. My state (un-named) has encouraged learning what a day pack is through outdoor education. Also, dog paw booties prevent bleeding feet which keeps the mountain lions at bay.

  • jen wilson

    I do not find this a heart warming story.

    How much intelligence does it take to know if your dog is in condition for a
    sternuous hike.

    How lovely that the tax payers got to foot the bill for the helicopter rescue, which is several thousands of dollars.

  • commonsense

    the rescue unit doesn’t own an ATV?

  • Fozzie

    The dog’s owners should be made to pay the cost of this operation. The taxpayers should not have to pay for rescues when people make moronic choices like this.

    • T


      The dog’s owners should be made to pay the cost of this operation. The taxpayers should not have to pay for rescues when people make moronic choices like this.”

      Thank you, Fozzie. This needed to be said.

  • Paul

    How much is the couple going to reimburse the rescue service for this? I would hate to think a person would die a year from now because the rescue service used up funding now on a dog. Wake up people. It is a dog!

    • Mathew Sewell

      What the hell are you talking about? Why would someone “die” because we went out and spent an hour doing what is essentially a training exercise by rescuing a stranded dog?

      DO people die whenever we go train for a day because we “don’t have resources”? What on earth does that even mean? What, we’ll run out of fuel and just say “OH SHUCKS sorry folks, would love to rescue you, but our ‘helicopter fuel fund’ is running low!” Are you insane? You do realize there’s an unlimited budget for things like fuel, right? And you further realize that you’re paying rescue workers’ salaries regardless of whether they’re rescuing someone or not, right? And you do realize we do training exercises constantly, right? And you do realize that the pilots have to maintain proficiency and fly the helicopters a requisite number of hours regardless of whether or not they’re rescuing anyone right?

      Obviously you didn’t.

      • Rick A Hyatt

        Glad to hear that.
        Would you mind doing a “Training Exercise” on myself?
        I’m financially destitute because of my psychotic wife, who’s trashed our finances, and all my personal goods, and left me unemployable..
        Could you please send a helicopter to send me food rations, preferably gluten-free MREs, food, and cash?
        I live at 406 W. Bridge in Saratoga, Wy. if you would.
        I’ll be watching the skies for you.
        And I don’t bark, nor bite.

    • y777

      used up? just a dog? Speaks volumes. Paul, YOU wake up! You’re a FOOL!
      ps Your question has been answered over a dozen times on this blog, FOOL.

  • cheezis

    Stupid Liberals

  • NotMichaelVick

    I’m not Michael Vick, but that’s f’n crazy. Leave the dog or carry it. Spend money on kids and education. People have the wrong idea about who/what needs help.

    • zeropopulationgrowth

      The rest of us need help protecting the world from the breeders. I’d rather rescue a dog than someone’s screaming brats.

      • Wendy

        Perhaps you plan to have robots changing your diapers when your golden years turn a bit creaky? But then,perhaps you intend to euthanize yourself before that becomes an issue? If not, you will be in need of other people’s brats eventually.

  • Lou Stennes

    Clearly a Democrat dog pawing for taxpayers’ dollars.

  • Fed up

    Morons…They should be paying the substantial bill for the airlift. I think the police should have done the right thing and told them no. That or give them the thousands of dollars cost in advance that they will be required to pay. If they are not made to pay then someone should be prosecuted for misuse of property intended to save human life only.

    • Blaine Hislop

      the authorities are never around when you really need them – like in a rape situation or when your house is burning or when you get lost in a national park – but they can come running for frivolous garbage like this. How silly.

      • y777

        the authorities were contacted in this situation. your comparisons are not fair nor are they true. Just silly.

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