After seven days with no sign of a California family’s blind Labrador retriever, hope began to wane – until something caught a hiker’s eye on Saturday.
Sage, the 12-year-old canine, wandered away from the Cole family’s home in Northern California’s San Lorenzo Valley on Feb. 24.  Neighbors and friends pitched in to look for her, but there was no sign of Sage.  An uncharacteristically rainy winter, cold nights and recent reports of mountain lion activity had the Coles thinking the worst, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Then, on the eighth day, neighbor Dan Estrada was hiking with his two dogs and a friend behind his house when he spotted Sage’s light-colored fur.
“At first I thought it was a garbage bag in the water,” Estrada told the paper. “My vision is not very good so it wasn’t until I got closer that I saw it’s actually a white lab laying there lifeless in this stream – her chin just …