Blewett resident Logan Lynn spent 18 days searching the wilderness for his beloved 12-year-old lab boxer mix Boris, and last Tuesday they were finally reunited after a Homeward Bound-style epic search. The odyssey began when the spooked pet darted into the woods during a 4×4 trip in Princeton.
“Logan and his friends searched and searched for Boris and after staying two extra days Logan eventually had to end his search and go home back to his job in Nelson,” Lynn’s sister Nona told the Star in an email. Logan works for the City of Nelson.
“He and our entire family was devastated.”
The Lynns shared the news with the Princeton bylaw officer, as well as the local SPCA, and began postering. They sent posters to organizations in Princeton, Coalmont and Tulameen.
“Stephanie (the bylaw officer) was extremely helpful and said she was going to post it on her Facebook page. We also began posting the information about Boris’ disappearance on every Facebook page we could find in those communities.”
On the Wednesday after Boris initially went missing they received some heartening news: “a wonderful woman named Candace at the Tulameen store called to say she had seen Boris on Monday, and had just seen the poster which was put up at the store by the Tulameen fire chief.”
Logan then traveled back to Tulameen and spent four days bushwacking in vain.
“Finally on the Sunday he had to go home and back to work. Another devastating blow, going home without his beloved dog. Another week went by with no information, until the Friday before Thanksgiving when a hunter in the area called to say he had seen Boris.”
For a third time Logan drove back, this time using the exact GPS coordinates of where the hunter had seen him. Again his search was foiled.
“We were all beginning to lose hope,” said Nona. “And we were feeling defeated.”
Finally, on Tuesday morning they received another phone call about a posting on the Princeton Facebook page. Boris had been seen again, this time on Thanksgiving Monday.
“Logan was able to talk to the person who saw Boris and to get some tips on the area he was seen and turned around again and went back to Princeton and to the exact area of Wells Lake.”
This time he took an ATV.
“When he arrived at the lake he called and called and then noticed something moving. It was Boris! Once Boris knew it was Logan the two were reunited. Logan rode all the way back to Lodestone Lake on the ATV with Boris on his lap!”
Boris was skinny but seemed “amazingly healthy” other than that.
“If it wasn’t for the ability to spread the word through social media and the wonderful citizens in the Princeton, Coalmont and Tulameen areas putting up posters and keeping the word out and informing us when they saw Boris, Logan and Boris would have never been reunited after 18 days being alone and lost in the wilderness.”
The Lynns would like to thank “all of the wonderful, animal-loving citizens” who helped them find their lost family member.
“If you ever lose your pet, don’t give up hope! It’s amazing how the will to live can keep a pet going and the love for pets can bring them together again.”
Correction: A previous version of this story had Boris’ age as 14, but he is actually 12-years-old.