The best friend of a hiker! Mexico’s top mountaineers returned to Mexico to rescue the stray dog they had taken on their expedition. They remained there for over a month in freezing conditions.

  • On Sunday, a team of thirty hikers climbed up Mexico’s southernmost peak, Veracruz, to save Canelo the dog. 
  • The mixed breed stray dog was stranded at Pico de Orizaba since October after he climbed up the volcano as he was fed by local climbers
  • Social media quickly picked up on his story as hikers shared photos of him.
  • Layo Aguilar is an instructor and experienced hiker who led a group that included students and hikers. He teaches them to recover Canelo.
  • The pooch is under the care of a local veterinarian and animal shelter, and will be put up for adoption
  • The social media star has been a huge success, and potential owners have lined up to adopt him.  










Here’s the moment that a hiking club from Mexico reached the highest point in Mexico to rescue a stray puppy who had spent almost a month on the volcanic crater in Veracruz battling the frigid temperatures.

Canelo was a mixed-breed hound who had been trapped in Pico de Orizaba ever since Oct when he went with hikers on the trail while he received food. Milenio Mexican newspaper reported that Canelo is now dead.

Canelo stayed behind the climbers as they pulled through the freezing snow.

Layo Aguilar (right) poses with Canelo, a stray dog who spent a month stranded atop Pico de Orizaba, the highest peak in Mexico. Aguilar assembled a group of both experienced and novice hikers to rescue the dog on Sunday.

Hikers alternated as they carried Canelo in a backpack and trekked down the tough terrain of Pico de Orizaba in Veracruz, Mexico, on Sunday

Hikers alternated as they carried Canelo in a backpack and trekked down the tough terrain of Pico de Orizaba in Veracruz, Mexico, on Sunday

This pooch was featured on social media after he was taken by hikers to show that they had failed to remove him from the mountain.

Pedro Ruiz Guerrero drove his sport utility vehicle through parts of Pico de Orizaba on October 18 but had no luck before he and Fatima del Angel, who works with an animal rescue shelter, reached out to Layo Aguilar, another experienced hiker, for assistance.

Aguilar and 30 other climbers reached the summit of the volcano Sunday with Canelo. Canelo quickly became friendly as he ate his meal. 

Aguilar posted Monday that she had caressed her dog and felt that it responded to human language.

The Veracruz, Mexico, volcano known as Pico de Orizaba is the highest peak in the country

Pico de Orizaba, also known as Pico de Orizaba, is the volcano at Veracruz in Mexico. It’s the highest point in Mexico.

Fatima del Angel works for a local animal shelter in Veracruz, Mexico, and placed Canelo under the care of a local veterinarian so that he can be treated and placed under adoption

Fatima del angel works at a Veracruz animal shelter, Mexico. She placed Canelo in the care of a veterinarian, so that he could be taken under adoption.

Canelo made headlines in Mexico after hikers attempted to rescue him from the country's highest peak, Pico de Orizaba, where he spent a month braving freezing temperatures and snow. The dog made it to the top of the volcano while following hikers who were feeding him food but decided to remain there instead of descending back with the group

Canelo made headlines in Mexico after hikers attempted to rescue him from the country’s highest peak, Pico de Orizaba, where he spent a month braving freezing temperatures and snow. Although the dog reached the peak of the volcano, he was accompanied by hikers. He decided to stay there and not return to his group. 

Aguilar carried Canelo with him in a backpack. They then walked down the mountain’s steep slopes, which were made up of loose, hard snow and ‘crystallized sandy’.

A sickly Canelo, was transported by truck to Aguilar, who then brought him home to Aguilar. There, Rocco Botas, his dog, and Pachito Botas, welcomed him.

Aguilar was aware, however that he couldn’t provide a home for a third-dog and gave Canelo to del Angel. He placed Canelo in the hands of a veterinarian to allow him to be adopted.  

‘I never imagined how a puppy in three days loves you so much, to the point that I would not let the terrible Rocco get close to me,’ Aguilar wrote. Although I felt awful when I had to say good-bye, he was adamant that he would be missed. He also became angry and sad when I took him onto the transporter. 

Media attention has been given to the dog, who is expected to receive a flood of adoption requests. This will mean that his days alone in mountains and freezing cold are over.  

Layo Aguilar said he was heartbroken when he turned Canelo over to a local animal shelter

Layo Aguilar stated that he was devastated when Canelo was turned over to the local shelter for animals.

Canelo was placed in the care of a local animal shelter Tuesday after spending a month stranded atop Pico de Orizaba, the highest peak in Mexico

Canelo was placed in the care of a local animal shelter Tuesday after spending a month stranded atop Pico de Orizaba, the highest peak in Mexico

Fatima del Angel poses with Canelo at an animal shelter in Veracruz, Mexico

Fatima Del Angel and Canelo pose at an animal shelter, Veracruz Mexico

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