Jax with Chris Miles, left, and Alex Slipchuk

Jax with Chris Miles, left, and Alex Slipchuk. Photo: Chris Miles

A boxer dog that was lost for two days on a Scottish mountain has been found.

Jax was left on Ben Vane after his owner was airlifted to hospital when he fell and injured himself on Sunday.

Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team members could not find the two-year old dog and the animal’s owner Ashley Tolmie appealed on social media for help in finding Jax.

Ms Tolmie searched the munro herself and several other hillgoers took to the mountain, north of Arrochar. On Tuesday Lomond Mountaineering Club member Chris Miles and Alex Slipchuk began a search of the 916m (3,005ft) peak and at 2.15pm posted a note on Facebook saying ‘Got him’.

The men spotted the dog on a ledge and managed to lasso him with a rope and bring him to safety from the steep ground where they found him.

Ms Tolmie said: “Me and my ex-partner took Jax straight to vet after he was rescued and had him checked over.

“Luckily he is fine; just two sore bits from his harness rubbing and he hasn’t lost too much weight. So far he has been well fed, watered and cuddled.

“He has slept a lot as you can imagine. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone on Facebook for their continued support. The post was shared 25,000 times.

“The response and help is overwhelming. I can’t thank the generosity of Chris and Alasdair enough for finding Jax. He means so much to us both. I will be forever indebted to you.”

Mr Miles said: “All I can say is I’m happy Jax is back home and I’ll be sitting waiting for the next dog who needs rescued as dogs are the best part of us and make us better people, and helping other people is the best and most rewarding thing you’ll ever do.”

Last November border collie Jasper went missing on Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, sparking a social media campaign to find the dog.

Mountaineer Geoff Horky found the dog in the early hours on the mountain and Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out to help get the animal to safety.

This prompted a huge number of online donations to the team, which received £63,000 from Jasper’s owner Adam Nolan.

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