I also believe that the owner's experience seemed to have left him feeling that he may have barely survived getting out of his situation.
I've been quietly sitting back reading the reports. There were other people on the Sawtooth Route the day the dog was abandoned and according the them, the dog was having problems and struggling the entire time.
Also, according them and others there was no stomy weather until late that evening. The dog was apparently abadoned around 10:30 AM? Perhaps the reference to "there was a storm coming" referred to the recommendations that storms are common after 11 pm (even though in this case, the weather seems to have been fine)?
If the weather was still good, what was the emergency that was a life threatening situation?
Rather than attacking I'm curious. Maybe too curious and maybe it doesn't matter.
So far I've heard of blisters, but if the weather was still good at the time (and it seems to be confirmed by several others on the mountain), was there another injury and on a route such as the Sawtooth what kind of injury was it that renders one lame for the next week?
A lot of this doesn't make sense.
Maybe this is beating a dead horse, but the pieces just don't fit.