Dog survives 31 days in Washington woods after being hit by car

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (KGW/NBC News) – A Vancouver, Washington family’s dog is back home after an amazing ordeal.

Niko is 16-year-old Caden Alt’s adventure partner.

“He’s always fun to have around,” Caden explained. “He’s right there at your side walking around and yeah, he’s just awesome.”

On July 26, Niko went camping with Caden’s father, David Alt, in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Later that night, Niko wandered over to the road and got hit by a car. David ran from the campsite just in time to see Niko sprint off into the woods.

“A lady jumped out of the car immediately and said I don’t know how he could’ve survived that,” David Alt explained.

David searched all night, but could not find Niko. He said it was devastating.

For the next 31 days, he and Caden spent as much time as they could going back to look.

In late August, two men who had seen the post about Niko on Facebook spotted him about 100 yards from where he disappeared.

They canceled their own plans and drove Niko home to Vancouver, a 3-hour drive.

“So, yeah, my son and I were just crying, it was, it was unbelievable, yeah, and then of course when we’re in the driveway and they bring him up, Caden and I are crying, those two grown men are crying, four guys crying, it was great,” David said.

Nike had lost weight and one of his eyes is shut, but he is getting better.

“He’s just as cute as ever, the house is filled again,” said Caden.

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