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Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013 8:00 pm

A young woman airlifted out of Herron Park on Sunday wasn’t cross-country skiing, as initially reported. 

She was out trudging through the snow in search of her missing corgi Milo when she got lost and collapsed from exhaustion alone in the woods.

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          • DSempek posted at 1:58 pm on Thu, Jan 17, 2013.

            DSempek Posts: 3

            As for the rude comments, probably perfectly natural for someone that hides behind their keyboard making unsolicited comments of what they know so little about. As they say, "time wounds all heels."

          • miapea posted at 10:12 pm on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

            miapea Posts: 135

            I seriously cant believe how rude some of you are being on this blog. I know the Sempek's. I work at their Vet Clinic. I cant believe some of you saying things about Milo not being on a leash and Allyson not having survival skills. Number one I would have done the same thing for my dogs. They are my family just as Milo is to the Sempek's. End of story. We all love Milo at our clinic and we are just happy they both are ok. Welcome home Milo. Glad ur ok Allyson. Don't let the rude people get you down. They obviously have no heart and hopefully dont own any animals.

          • april gaede posted at 8:09 pm on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

            april gaede Posts: 38

            BTW, it is perfectly reasonable to risk one's life to save something or someone you hold dear because you life would not be worth as much without it.

          • april gaede posted at 8:07 pm on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

            april gaede Posts: 38

            So happy to hear that Milo and Allyson are safe. I totally understand her devotion to her pet and companion. The fact that she spent two days in what had to be horrible conditions searching for him shows her true loving nature as well as her ability to take responsibility for the mistake of letting him off the leash. Which is a mistake that many of us much older could have made.

            Dont let any of the mean comments bother you Allyson. You are a wonderful person, we know.

          • farmer posted at 3:19 pm on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

            farmer Posts: 26

            David, Good comments. I think you have done the right thing.

          • DSempek posted at 1:25 pm on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

            DSempek Posts: 3

            Dear guys and gals,

            I appreciate all your comments and truly you are all correct that had the dog been on the leash the entire time; this would have been the most risk adverse position to be in. Allow me restate my comment below, I am not posting the blame entirely on the groomer; however, a little consideration on the mountain trails, also goes a long way.

            Unfortunately during this debacle, I was out of town on a business trip in the Far East, Taiwan - basically 15 hours ahead of the local time. As a result of this incident, I returned home earlier than planned to be with my family during this crisis. There are a lot of lessons to be learned here, which I have already discussed with my wife and daughter since returning home yesterday afternoon.

            Driven by the love for her dog, put Allyson at risk thinking that she could find the dog. Allyson had a backpack with water and additional clothing, plus an iPhone (which allowed her to give the 911 operator her position coordinates) - frankly speaking the iPhone is only as good as the service area that you are in - had she not had cell service, there is no telling how the story would have turned out. As the saying goes - hindsight is always 20/20!

            Thanks to the social network of Facebook - helped to find Milo! And many thanks to the unity of this great community - everyone is safe and sound. The takeaway / lessons learned here are to think, prepare and plan before taking your pets and or family members to the mountains, as the weather and events often change quickly and of course everything does not always go as planned.

            Thank you all for your comments, very best regards,
            David Sempek

          • RealDeal posted at 12:31 pm on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

            RealDeal Posts: 73

            Actually, if you would have kept your dog on a leash, didn't value it's life more than your own, defined your search area, and taken proper precautions and gear during your search considering the weather you would've been just fine. It's just a dog, not a child. By not accepting personal responsibility and blaming the groomer is typical of today's society. While I too am glad no one was hurt or froze to death, this was a totally avoidable incident.

          • farmer posted at 11:40 am on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

            farmer Posts: 26

            No doubt it’s excellent to read that no one was hurt during the adventure. There are a few nagging general thoughts about how society is changing that come out of this event. The young person goes out into the woods with cell phone but no food, survival gear (maybe clothes were in the backpack, unsure, thank god she had her inhaler) or survival instincts (i.e., pushing your body to the point of exhaustion). Albeit only one observation but in looking around I am noticing that more younger people are more interested in phones (not sure whether she had a smart phone), facebook, tweeting, etc… so they can be wired into the internet than understanding real life skills or in this case survival skills (i.e., taking along food, clothes, map, matches, understanding how to make shelter if lost (guess they could GOOGLE this once they are lost or Facebook/Tweet – if they have cell service), what to do once your lost – another GOOGLE opportunity. Maybe parents are spending less time teaching kids about the real world since they are more interested in being wired in online? Unsure about this answer but I feel the answer lies with both the parents and kids. Maybe real life now equals being wired into the internet - Still too many issues with driving and texting/Facebooking/Tweeting/GOOGLING/etc… Maybe we need to require all forests to have cell reception – I think now I am beginning to understand.
            This same argument holds when I am talking to the old timers. They have wonderful survival instincts but lack smart phone control (now there are a few with both but they are a small portion of the total population)… I am stuck in the middle with the smart phone, can GOOGLE, not Facebook/Tweet and can survive out in the woods. I won’t survive online, but that won’t kill me.
            David S., I hope the rescue bill isn’t too much but you owe society to pay some of it. I don’t agree with your argument that it’s the groomers fault. That corgi is a tough dog.

          • DSempek posted at 10:09 am on Wed, Jan 16, 2013.

            DSempek Posts: 3

            Dear Kalispell friends,

            Just for the record, Milo was and is always on his leash in the Herron Park area and the Foys to Blacktail trail. After about 30 minutes walk Milo up the trail, he was taken off his leash as many other do. We take Milo there all the time and he is fine along with the other dogs. Had the groomer on the sled waited 30 seconds all of this could have been averted.

            Thank you,
            David Sempek

          • DJJackson posted at 6:52 pm on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

            DJJackson Posts: 738

            Was wonder who the jerk would be, it only took three messages to reveal who it was, Way to go Native!

          • misterb posted at 5:16 pm on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

            misterb Posts: 52

            chill dude

          • MT_native posted at 5:00 pm on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

            MT_native Posts: 28

            Glad this story has a happy ending for dog and owner, BUT, it comes down to one thing....
            Herron Park is NOT, I REPEAT ,NOT, an OFF LEASH PARK!!!! There are signs EVERYWHERE that say "DOGS MUST BE ONB LEASH AT ALL TIMES. If the dog had been on a leash, this would not have happened.There are OFF leash parks for dogs.This is NOT one of them.[angry]

          • kirstenholland posted at 9:09 am on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

            kirstenholland Posts: 7

            Every dog needs a little off leash time, we've all had that moment where we can't believe the dog got away as quickly as she/he did. Glad you and Milo are ok and much respect for not giving up your search!

          • MWAC posted at 8:51 am on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

            MWAC Posts: 36

            Leash. Glad everyone is okay.


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