Downstate Family’s Elderly Dog Lost on Drummond Island, Found Safe Days Later

"Jack is a tough old guy for surviving out in the wilderness for four nights," daughter of the dog owner Amanda Steere-Hill said.

A happy ending after a family’s 16-year-old dog went missing on an Upper Peninsula island.

Cathy Stevens and her husband, Fred, were visiting Drummond Island over the weekend when their dog, Jack, disappeared. 

Fred was looking for mushrooms at Papin’s Resort when it happened Saturday.

9 & 10’s Blayke Roznowski and photojournalist Erin Malone talked to the family and resort owners about what turned out to be a very happy reunion. 

"Fred went into the woods for about five minutes and when Fred came out, we just couldn’t find Jack anywhere," dog owner Cathy Stevens said.

It’s a worrisome situation for any dog owner, but even worse for Cathy Stevens and her husband. 

Their dog, Jack, is deaf. 

"Within about five or 10 minutes, Jack disappeared off the face of the campground," Stevens said. "We started looking everywhere."

The owners of Papin’s Resort, other guests and the couple searched the densely-wooded area with no luck. 

The couple had to head home the next day knowing Jack was in the wilderness filled with bears, coyotes and bobcats.

"Just went home without him," Stevens said. "It was pretty hard, heartbreaking."

A guest was in this cabin and he looked out the window when he saw Jack slowly walking down this trail.

He followed after shortly and found him lying in the weeds. 

"It was four nights, four days later," Papin’s Resort owner Amy Bailey said. "We had put a towel over him. We thought he was gone and then we picked him up and he came to life."

"When I talked to Amy from the resort, I just couldn’t believe it," Stevens said. "I was happy, of course." 

The family got a back a tired, hungry and thirsty Jack, but he was okay. 

They say they’re so thankful for all that everyone did to bring Jack back home.

"It was a really happy day for all of us," daughter Jessica Steere-Yordy said. "Yeah, very happy," Stevens said.