BARTLETT, New Hampshire – Daniel Frazier of Bartlett, N.H. received the phone call he was waiting for on Monday, Jan. 24 at approximately 10 a.m. His pair of one-year old Shepard/Akita mixes had been found and were waiting for him to come and take them home.
“I had put up signs everywhere,” said Frazier. “All the possibilities run through your mind. I was worried that maybe coyotes had gotten to them or maybe that one was hurt and the other was staying with him.”
Frazier was walking Cassidy and Ripple near his Spring Hill Avenue home on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 20 when they ran off after a noise in the woods. For the next four days Frazier canvassed the area, doing his best to track them through the woods and also asking residents if they had seen the pair. The dogs endured nights well below zero, a significant snowfall and winds gusting around 40 miles per hour. The pair climbed over 1700 vertical feet to reach the summit of Attitash.
On the morning of Monday, Jan. 24 Attitash ski patrol arrived at the summit to find the two dogs circling the area. A phone call was placed to Frazier whose posted signs had been noticed by Attitash employees. At noon Monday he was walking them down the slopes.
“It took us about 40 minutes to lure them inside,” said Rich Connor of the Attitash Ski Patrol. “Casey sacrificed some of her lunch for the operation so that we could get them in out of the cold.”
Ripple and Cassidy’s first meal in four days and ski patroller Casey Merrit’s former lunch consisted of provolone cheese, ham and meatloaf.
“I had nearly given up hope. I’m so thankful. I love those dogs,” said Frazier.