Clipped From The Express
Dog Fought Coyotes CAMP IRWIN, Calif. (AP)-A 53-year-old man with an artificial leg, stranded for a week without food in searing desert heat, says his dog saved his life. Ramon C. Miller, a furniture buyer from Fresno, was found Monday by two ordnance inspectors inspectors in a remote section of the Camp Irwin military reservation, 85 miles northeast of San Bernardino. Bernardino. He said he took a shortcut across the Mojave Desert July 14, then ran out of gas south of Death Valley and northeast of Barstow. Doctors at the camp hospital said both Miller and his dog, Gretchen, were in remarkably good condition and probably will leave the hospital today. "1 was just about ready to give up," Miller said. "1 never would have made it if it hadn't been for Gretchen." He said the dog defended him from coyotes as he fled in a desert cave. "I stayed by my truck all night after we ran out of gas," he said. "We walked six or seven hours. After a while I saw a sign that said 'springs' and followed a path until we reached the springs, about noon Wednesday." They took shelter in a cave at the springs, where there was water. They were found there by Richard Friemoth and Phil Denning, Denning, who were inspecting the Irwin Irwin Firing. Range.