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DOG PROVES REAL HERO IN DESERT ADVENTURE BARSTOW. .Calif. (UPI) — "I never would have made it without Gretchen." Ramon C. Miller, 53, a Fresno, Calif., furniture buyer, and his dog were 4n a hurry to get home from a trip to Arizona.' They took a shortcut through the Mojave Desert, where' summer temperatures go up to 120 degrees. It was almost a shortcut to oblivion. Miller, weak from hunger, told two rescuers Monday how his courageous Weimaraner fought off coyotes and other wild animals who came to water near a cave in which they sought refuge. After abandoning their truck when it ran out of gas "we walked for six or seven hours," Miller said. "Nobody came along. Then I saw a sign that said 'springs' and followed a path until we reached the springs about nooi. Wednesday." This was the . Cave of the Springs, a fresh water oasis about 60 miles north of here in a remote, section of Camp Irwin Military Reservation. From, that day until they were found Monday by two Camp Irwin ordnance inspectors, Miller and Gretchen scouted for food by day and step*, in the cave by night. "There were lots of doves and quail but no way to catch them and no way to start a fire to cook them if we did," Miller said. He had left his cigarette lighter in the truck and didn't realize it until he was 12 miles away. Doctors at the Camp Irwin

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  1. The Daily Herald,
  2. 11 Jul 1961, Tue,
  3. Page 9

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