Five members of the Minnetonka High School Boys Cross Country team helped a girl reunite with her lost dog in the Boundary Waters after responding to a message scribed in ash on a rock.
The five runners were preparing to make residence at an island campsite on their eight-day canoe trip when they noticed the message:
"Lost Dog. Named Tomah. Call DNR," the Star Tribune reported. A leash was left nearby.
On the boys' day off, collecting firewood, they spotted the Shetland sheepdog who evaded the runners several times as they attempted to capture her.
She deftly escaped back into the woods, and after barking all night long, one runner saw Tomah sleeping and created a rope harness and placed her in a canoe, paddled to a drop-off point and took her to the U.S. Forest Service station in Tofte, Minn.
An 18-year-old University of Minnesota-Duluth student was heartbroken without her Tomah, named for her father's Army Reserve deployment site in Tomah, Wis.
Ashley Ross and her family were canoeing last Saturday on an island campsite in the area when Tomah disappeared. Thanks to Minnetonka's Riley Nelson, Jonny Croskey, Nate Janssen, Casey Halbmaier and Scott Kvidera, Ross finally got her pup back.