Man’s best friend: Dog stays by owner’s side after death on hiking trail

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EATONVILLE, Washington (CNN) – It’s said that dogs are man’s best friend. 

This story is a perfect example of why that old saying is true.

A 64-year-old man died while he was out hiking in Washington state. His loyal dog never left his side. 

Search crews say the dog named Daisy stood by her owner for about day, waiting for rescuers.

It all started early Thursday morning when a wife called 911 to report her husband and dog missing.

Throughout the entire day, Pierce County search crews scoured the area.

Around 4:45 p.m., crews say they heard the dog barking near a steep embankment above the Marshall River.

It took another 30 minutes to get to the location, where rescue crews found the missing man’s body.

The medical examiner says the man died from heart disease.

Officials say the victim often went hiking, but he did not leave his wife a note.

“It’s ever more important you tell someone where you’re going, when you should return, and what to do if you don’t return, and that answer should be something like call 911,” said Jennifer Brenes, president of King County Search and Rescue: 

Brenes said as hiking season kicks into full swing, more and more calls will come in for rescues.

“It’s just a series, sometimes, of unfortunates that can lead them into a situation. That’s what, why we’re here. That’s why we exist,” she said. 

Search and rescue crews would much rather you make it back down the trail on your own, however. 

The best way to do that is to be prepared.

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