During a hike on the Maxwell Falls trail near Evergreen, Colorado on Sunday, 120-pound Great Pyrenees Kato and his two human companions were roughly one mile into their trek when the 5-year-old fur baby decided he'd had enough of schlepping through the woods and plopped down, refusing to go on. He was incredibly exhausted, potentially dehydrated, and worse yet, way too heavy and unwieldy for two people to carry back down themselves. So, they put out a rescue call regarding a dog in distress, and a crew of good-spirited volunteers responded.
While the situation itself wasn't necessarily as serious or involved as having to rescue an injured human hiker, it did require some human-sized equipment. Specifically, the rescue team carried the good boy all the way down on a traditional stretcher, as he regaled passersby like a monarch atop a litter. Fortunately for us (and the internet at large), his arrival back at the trail head was captured on camera. And as you'll notice, he looks pretty damn comfortable and happy to be treated to such a service.
According to the public information officer for the Evergreen Fire Department who spoke to the local NBC affiliate, the owners won't be on the hook to pay for the rescue, since the crew is made up exclusively of volunteers.
Kato, we we feel you, man.
h/t CBS News