She was scared, but she didn’t want to die. She thought of her family and friends. She needed to keep moving to keep warm.
She did one sit-up every 5 seconds. After 1,000 sit-ups she was in terrible pain, but being a long distance athlete she was used to pushing her body to the limit.
Finally the sun rose and she began to warm up enough to continue towards her truck. She began to crawl again pulling herself inch by inch over the ground. After crawling all day she began to get very thirsty. She needed to drink.
She turned around and crawled all the way back to the hole so she could drink more of the dirty water. All her hard work was for nothing. It was soon night, and she was back where she started that morning. She drank more of the dirty water, but it was not enough. She needed food. Without food she would die soon.
She thought of her friends and family and cried. She thought that she would surely die. Why should she continue trying to stay
warm? No one would find her, she thought.
Then she heard a voice. “Keep moving” it said. She didn’t believe in God, but the voice didn’t go away. She continued with her exercises.
And her loyal dog Taz again stayed with her all night and helped keep her warm and alive.
By the next day, she was so tired and hungry that she began to hallucinate.
She knew that both she and Taz would die soon without food and water, so she told Taz to go and find help. She didn’t know if Taz could understand, but she told him to leave and he did. Now she was completely alone.
That same day Danielle’s neighbor got worried. Taz would come to visit her every day. Every day she would give Taz a cookie, but something was strange.
She didn’t see Taz for 2 days. She looked out the window and noticed that Danielle’s truck was gone.
She knew that Danelle was an athlete and often went away, but she was worried. She called the police. A search and rescue team was sent to look for her. The team eader was John Marshall.
John found Danielle’s truck that morning.
Danelle was a long distance athlete, so John knew she might be very far from the truck, but he didn’t know in which direction.
Suddenly John saw a dog. He knew that Danelle often went running with her dog, so he thought that it might be Taz. The dog wagged his tail and ran in circles. John called out to the dog, but the dog didn’t come.
He whistled at the dog, but the dog didn’t come. He then tried to give the dog food and water, but he still didn’t come.
Taz was very thirsty and hungry, but he didn’t want to eat. He only wanted to guide John to Danelle.