I know how mentally gruelling being in a situation like that can affect people, during and after. None of us can assume how Anthony felt afterwards, or tell him what he should have done or could have done. He knows, it took a lot of courage for him to come forward on here to face the scrutiny, judgement, bold statements, hatred, and understanding. We need to realize that his situation could have been easy for some (i.e. many of you on here who are all-stars at being prepared, and avid hikers/climbers), while it could have meant death for others (maybe a 1st 14er, going above and beyond your ability by mistake, etc - we've all seen it happen). We are in no position to feel out Anthony's mental state after the incident. Some people can't think clearly after a traumatic situation, and some people simply FORGET where to look for help when they are upset. Who are we to say what magnitude this affected him? I can't say that I would have remembered to post signs....contact SAR, etc etc. I'd like to think I would, but I won'd know until I'm in a situation like that. It's too hard to say what HE should have done when you personally know of other resources and have 20/20 hindsight to sit here and criticize. I think he was obviously very distraught and namely, probably feeling very guilty! I can't thank the rescuers enough for giving another chance to this dog. I know how upset I would be if I didn't have my pup around. I pose the same questions as most on here, why didn't he do this or that, why didn't he drive to the trailhead the next day, why didn't he contact 14ers. After reading a little about his history about the dog, it's clear it wasn't an easy decision, he clearly loves this dog. It's arrogant for everyone on here to think they'd make the perfect decisions following an incident, too. Simply put, I don't think it's our place to judge since we were not the ones in the initial decision to leave the dog, or the ones facing the emotions post-incident. Stop passing judgement on a person that is not you. He is not going to do everything right, he is not going to act like every angry person on here telling him what he should and should not have done. He didn't, he is obviously feeling poorly, he obviously will learn his lesson about preparedness and animals in precarious situations. I think the judgement he did have - keeping a teenager with him safe - was pretty good judgement on his own, and when faced with a harsh situation sometimes you can't do it all, we can't all be Superman!
It's over, he is human and made mistakes, clearly, and seems like a guy that will learn from mistakes...I think that shows from his courage to come on here to be willingly scrutinized, and broken down much more emotionally than he probably already was feeling. I'm not saying I agree with leaving the animal behind...but I wasn't there. I can't say I can agree with his actions following the incident, but I didn't know he had to work, how he felt, his mental state, etc. Missy is safe, Kudos to the rescuers and the team on here for showing amazing care, but also look inside yourselves and realize that maybe you would not have handled the situation perfectly. And lastly, put yourself in Anthony's shoes at this moment following this trying situtation- and all you wanted was to see your dog, apologize to your dog, and show your care that you know you have for that dog.