Dog lost for 12 days in Boundary Waters found unharmed

Eden will be reunited with her family this weekend.

Eden, a 25-pount Tibetin terrier, was lost for 12 days in the BWCAW but has been found. She will be reunited with her family this weekend. Contributed photo.

A diminutive Tibetan terrier lost for 12 days inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has been found and is on her way to be reunited with her family.

Eden, who weighs about 25 pounds, was separated from the Renner family on Sept. 17 on the portage between Kiskadinna and Muskeg lakes, about 4 miles south of the Gunflint Trail and northwest of Grand Marais.

She is owned by Scott Renner of Herndon, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. Unsuccessful in a three-day search for the dog, the family returned home without Eden but posted notices on websites, on BWCAW blogs and on Facebook asking campers to keep a look out for her.

Eden was found Monday by a family from Michigan some 5 miles from where she had gone missing, but apparently in good shape. The Michigan family, which had its own dog on the trip, lured Eden to them with food.

“We’ve seen photos and videos of her and she looks to be just fine. Maybe she needs a brushing and lost a little weight,’’ Scott Renner told the News Tribune.


The story's happy ending already has made the airways on television and radio, Renner said.

Renner said they will drive from Virginia to Michigan to meet the rescuers and pick up the dog this weekend.

Both the family and the dog are veteran BWCAW canoe campers.

"I've lost track; that was probably my 24th or 25th trip up there. It was Eden’s third trip," Renner said. "It’s a long way to drive, but we’ve never found anything else like the Boundary Waters."

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at
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