Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Good dog, Taz! - Dog saves elite adventure racer in Moab, Utah

Talk about man's best friend...Taz the dog saved his owner, adventure racer Danelle Balengee, after she slipped and fell down a cliff in Moab, Utah, broke her pelvis and had to spend the night in the freezing cold. Taz stuck to her side for the first night, then returned down the 5 mile trail where he got the attention of rescuers and led them to back to her. You can read the full story here.

My favorite quote:

"We were going to try to identify the dog, but the dog basically didn't want to be caught and instead turned around and headed back toward the trail," said Curt Brewer, chief deputy with the Grand County Sheriff's Office. "When that happened, the search crew decided to follow the dog. And the dog took our rescue personnel right to her. I think we would have eventually found her, because we were in the right location, but the dog saved us some time."

Good dog, Taz!

Ballengee's athletic career includes three Primal Quest adventure race victories, four Pikes Peak Marathon wins and a wealth of honors and awards in sports ranging from snowshoeing to mountain running. She was inducted into the Sportswomen of Colorado Hall of Fame in March, 2006.


  1. Wow, that's fantastic! Gives me hope with my new dog:) He definitely can run, even as a puppy.
    Hope she recovers quikly and comes back to adventures.

  2. Wow what a wonderful story. Thanks for posting it!

  3. There is a treadmill-running fundraiser set for March 10-11 to raise money for Danelle. You can enter from anywhere.

  4. Greetings,

    Hi, What an Idea! Thank you for sharing this posted article for me or for every one,
    you made a great job for your Blog.Keep it up the good work..
    Again thank you very much.. Cheers

    Best Regards,
    Cathy Cole
    Remote Dog Trainer

  5. i just heard a bit about this story on NPR. I googled it and found your cool blog...thank you for the information. I love hiking but not so much running on the boring roads. Maybe I can give trail running a whirl some day.


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