You’ve heard the saying that a dog is man’s best friend.
But, in Santa Barbara County, the formula may be reversed for Wrigley the dog.
Wrigley’s owners were hiking up the Gaviota Peak trail late Monday afternoon when the black Lab started to show signs of heat distress, with temperatures close to 100 degrees.
The Santa Maria couple started to head back down the trail when they discovered the dog’s paws were injured. They tried to use branches and a blanket to make a stretcher to carry the dog, but that didn’t work.
They called 911, and the Santa Barbara County Search and rescue team was dispatched. Rescuers were able to use an off road vehicle to reach the scene, and bring the dog, and the couple down the mountain safely.