Dog lost for 12 days in Boundary Waters is found safe, will be reunited with family

Her owners live in the state of Virginia and had to leave the BWCAW three days after their beloved dog went missing.
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A 6-year-old Tibetan terrier missing for 12 days in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has been found safe and will be reunited with her owners this weekend.

According to posts in various Minnesota-related Facebook groups, the dog, named Eden, went missing while her owners were camping in the BWCAW. Apparently, Eden ran off the trail while her owners were portaging between Kskadinna and Muskeg lakes on Thursday, Sept. 17. 

Her owners, who live in the state of Virginia, looked for her, but had to go back to camp for the night. They left notes in ziplock baggies in four campsites to inform others to look out for Eden, who is a sky and timid dog, the Facebook post says. 

After three days of searching, Scott Renner and his family had to return home without their dog, but the posts on Facebook alerting people in northern Minnesota to keep an eye out for her continued, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

In a post shared a week after Eden went missing, her owners sent a few people who'd be in the area shirts with their smell on them in hopes of drawing Eden in. Meanwhile, KBJR 6 says The Retrievers, a lost dog rescue group, also stepped in to help since the family had no one else in Minnesota to help search for Eden. 

And then, 12 days later, Eden was found safe. A post on Sept. 29 says a family who was camping 4-5 miles from where she went missing lured her in with food. 

The Duluth News Tribune says a family from Michigan, who had a dog on the trip, found her, and this weekend Eden will be reunited with her family. Apparently, the family who found Eden didn't even know she was missing – they just called the number on her collar's tag, KBJR says. 

It's unclear what Eden was up to during the 12 days she was on her own, but when she was found she was no longer wearing the doggie life jacket she had on when she went missing, the news station says.

The Renners told the Duluth News Tribune that they've been to the BWCAW more than 20 times and it was Eden's third trip there. 

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