Family of man who died on hike provide health update on loyal dog who never left his side

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By stefan armitage

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The family of a man who tragically died while on a hike with his pet dog has provided an update on the loyal Jack Russell Terrier.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the body of 71-year-old Rich Moore had been found in the Rocky Mountains.

The Pagosa Spring native had gone hiking up the 12,500-foot Blackhead Peak on August 19 with his dog, Finney, but tragically never returned home, per the Archuleta County Sheriff's Office.

Fox News reported how after Moore's vehicle was first located by search-and-rescue teams, they spent over 2,000 hour attempting to find the man and his beloved dog - but to no avail.

Nearly three months later, on October 30, a hunter discovered Moore's body over two miles east of the summit. Next to Moore's body was Finney, miraculously alive.

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Moore and Finny went missing back in August. Credit: Colorado Missing Persons Organization

On October 30, however, a hunter happened to come across Moore’s body more than two miles east of the summit. Alongside the remains was Moore's Jack Russell terrier, Finney. Some people on social media highlighted how Finney's dedication was an example of how "there is no love like the unconditional love of dogs".

Now, Moore's family has provided a health update on their beloved pooch.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Moore's wife - Dana Holby - revealed that Finney is "doing well" despite the horrific ordeal.

"She has gained almost all of her weight back and her strength is almost where it was. She is the miracle dog," Holby said. "She is now three, very clingy, and will not let me out of her sight.

"Her ravenous appetite has calmed down, but at first she could not get enough to eat and wanted food at all times of the day and night."

According to CBS News, Finney's weight dropped down to just 6lbs after the 10 weeks on the mountain. She was taken to a veterinarian for treatment after her rescue.

Delinda VanneBrightyn with Taos Search and Rescue (TSAR) - one of the first responders in the search for Moore - said that Finney's "magnificent story of survival" is a testament to her dedication and loyalty to her owner.

"Jack Russells are pretty fierce, I have to say, they're tough little dogs," she added.

The TSAR added in a statement: "Delinda and TSAR would like to send our condolences to the family, but are glad they were able to gain some closure as well as bring their dog back home."

Our thoughts continue to go out to Moore's family at this time and we wish Finney all the best with her continued recovery.

Featured image credit: Colorado Missing Persons Organization

Family of man who died on hike provide health update on loyal dog who never left his side

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

The family of a man who tragically died while on a hike with his pet dog has provided an update on the loyal Jack Russell Terrier.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the body of 71-year-old Rich Moore had been found in the Rocky Mountains.

The Pagosa Spring native had gone hiking up the 12,500-foot Blackhead Peak on August 19 with his dog, Finney, but tragically never returned home, per the Archuleta County Sheriff's Office.

Fox News reported how after Moore's vehicle was first located by search-and-rescue teams, they spent over 2,000 hour attempting to find the man and his beloved dog - but to no avail.

Nearly three months later, on October 30, a hunter discovered Moore's body over two miles east of the summit. Next to Moore's body was Finney, miraculously alive.

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Moore and Finny went missing back in August. Credit: Colorado Missing Persons Organization

On October 30, however, a hunter happened to come across Moore’s body more than two miles east of the summit. Alongside the remains was Moore's Jack Russell terrier, Finney. Some people on social media highlighted how Finney's dedication was an example of how "there is no love like the unconditional love of dogs".

Now, Moore's family has provided a health update on their beloved pooch.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Moore's wife - Dana Holby - revealed that Finney is "doing well" despite the horrific ordeal.

"She has gained almost all of her weight back and her strength is almost where it was. She is the miracle dog," Holby said. "She is now three, very clingy, and will not let me out of her sight.

"Her ravenous appetite has calmed down, but at first she could not get enough to eat and wanted food at all times of the day and night."

According to CBS News, Finney's weight dropped down to just 6lbs after the 10 weeks on the mountain. She was taken to a veterinarian for treatment after her rescue.

Delinda VanneBrightyn with Taos Search and Rescue (TSAR) - one of the first responders in the search for Moore - said that Finney's "magnificent story of survival" is a testament to her dedication and loyalty to her owner.

"Jack Russells are pretty fierce, I have to say, they're tough little dogs," she added.

The TSAR added in a statement: "Delinda and TSAR would like to send our condolences to the family, but are glad they were able to gain some closure as well as bring their dog back home."

Our thoughts continue to go out to Moore's family at this time and we wish Finney all the best with her continued recovery.

Featured image credit: Colorado Missing Persons Organization