When Annette was on the ground, in agony and unable to move, did she ever spot the helicopters that were searching for her? Did she ever hear the whistles and the calling of her name?
Apparently, yes. She did. One night (Annette is not sure exactly which one), she saw the helicopter up in the sky. She waved her jacket and called out as loud as she could hoping to get someone’s attention, however, no one saw or heard her.
Looking For Her Dog
She had no idea what the time was and she had no idea if Marcle was looking for her. One thing she did know was, that she was not going anywhere without all three dogs. She was more concerned about the dog's well-being than her own.
She somehow managed to drag herself through the woods and was relieved when her four-legged companion was found. Now, she was seriously stuck deep in the mud and there was no way she could carry on moving.
Hungry and All Alone
She didn't plan on being out for so many hours and she had no water or food on her. She had no energy either. Annette wasn't the only one suffering and the dogs were under stress too.
The only way the four of them could survive was if they looked out for each other. Physically, they had to keep each other warm but most importantly, they had to mentally stay strong. Yes, the dogs kept Annette sane.
Call My Name
The third day was when Annette began embracing hope and her optimistic thought as she heard people calling for her. That's when Roxy, one of the dogs, began barking.
Roxy's barking is what initially drew the search's attention and paved the path to Annette's rescue. Just as Annette was feeling that she couldn't hold on for much longer, and just as her strength and vitality were wearing out, she was found.
Annette was found in a marshy basin. This area is off limits for hikers and dog walkers, which is why the search teams never looked there in the first place. They couldn't believe what they were seeing.
Annette and the dogs were all curled up in a hole, dug deep in the ground. Apparently, one of the dogs taught her (and us) a lesson in life, what to do if you find yourself alone and lost in the dark cold woods.