Climbers Go Back Up Mountain To Rescue Stranded Dog Who Followed Them Up There

What a heartwarming story ❤️

A hiking club in Mexico was recently trekking up the highest point in the country to save a stray dog who had spent almost one month stuck on top of the inactive volcano in Veracruz.

Mixed-breed dog Canelo had been stranded on Pico de Orizaba for a month after he followed a group of mountain climbers on the trail, reports Mexican newspaper Milenio.

Rather than going back down the mountain with the hikers, Canelo stayed behind and somehow managed to survive freezing temperatures.

Layo Aguilar (right) poses with Canelo, a stray dog who spent a month stranded atop Pico de Orizaba, the highest peak in Mexico. The dog was rescued Sunday by a team of experienced and novice hikers put together by Aguilar

Layo Aguilar (right) put together a team of experienced and amateur mountain climbers to rescue the dog.

Hikers alternated as they carried Canelo in a backpack and trekked down the tough terrain of Pico de Orizaba in Veracruz, Mexico, on Sunday

The climbers took turns carrying Canelo in a backpack and made their way down Pico de Orizaba in Veracruz, Mexico.

‘I caressed him and I felt that he responded to the language of a human,’ Aguilar wrote on Facebook.

The Veracruz, Mexico, volcano known as Pico de Orizaba is the highest peak in the country

The inactive volcano Pico de Orizaba is the highest peak in Mexico.

Fatima del Angel works for a local animal shelter in Veracruz, Mexico, and placed Canelo under the care of a local veterinarian so that he can be treated and placed under adoption

Fatima del Angel, who works for a local animal shelter, took Canelo to a local vet so that he could be cared for and put up for adoption.

Canelo made headlines in Mexico after hikers attempted to rescue him from the country's highest peak, Pico de Orizaba, where he spent a month braving freezing temperatures and snow. The dog made it to the top of the volcano while following hikers who were feeding him food but decided to remain there instead of descending back with the group

‘I never imagined how a puppy in three days loves you so much, to the point that I would not let the terrible Rocco get close to me,’ Aguilar wrote.

‘I felt ugly when I said goodbye to him, when I put him on the transporter he got sad and angry, but it is for his good and I could not and should not keep him.’ 

The dog made international headlines and is now likely to be flooded with adoption offers.

Layo Aguilar said he was heartbroken when he turned Canelo over to a local animal shelter

Canelo was placed in the care of a local animal shelter Tuesday after spending a month stranded atop Pico de Orizaba, the highest peak in Mexico

Fatima del Angel poses with Canelo at an animal shelter in Veracruz, Mexico

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Written by Alice Joan