Bailey, a two-year-old Shiba Inu-husky mix, has more right to complain about this past winter's polar vortex than most anyone, but it doesn't seem that the young dog is interested in dwelling on the past. That might be because the past hasn't quite been good to Bailey: as a puppy, she was raised in a hoarding situation, surrounding by mounds of objects and 15 other dogs before she was rescued in December 2013.
Just days after Bailey was adopted, she went missing on a walk through Grant Woods Forest Preserve, outside Chicago, on a day when wind-chill factors were as low as 30-below. Bailey was gone for 47 days, alone in the woods without food or shelter.
Thankfully, rescuers were looking for the resourceful pup the entire time she was gone: Jennifer Hilo, a volunteer at Underdog Rescue, which initially rescued Bailey, saw a photo of the missing dog on Facebook and made it her purpose to find her. "I just knew in my gut it was her and after talking with the [adoption] family, I confirmed it," Hilo told the Lake County News-Sun. "She had come from such a horrible situation and she was lost in the worst winter in years... I just couldn't let that happen."