A faithful dog is responsible for saving her injured owner, who had fallen and broken his neck, from freezing to death in the snow. According to Tuesday’s publication of Petoskey News, a man named Bob was at his Northern Michigan home with only his golden retriever, “Kelsey,” on New Year’s Eve.
The night of celebration turned to near tragedy when Bob slipped in the snow while going outside to gather wood for his fire – the slip broke his neck, leaving him unable to move. No one was around to hear Bob’s cries for help – but Kelsey did her utmost to draw attention to the life-or-death situation.
Bob described the harrowing ordeal, “I was screaming for help but my nearest neighbor is about a quarter mile away and it was 10:30 p.m., but my Kelsey came. By morning my voice was gone and I couldn’t yell for help, but Kelsey didn’t stop barking.”
It took hours for someone to finally realize that Bob was injured and in need of help – despite 20 hours in temperatures which plunged well below freezing, Bob did not suffer any frost bite. Bob credits that amazing fact to his faithful dog, who did her utmost to keep him warm by licking his face and laying on his body.
Bob is still struggling with mobility issues, but a neurosurgeon at McLaren Northern Michigan was able to perform surgery which promises to help Bob get back to himself with time and physical therapy. Bob credits his faithful dog, and Dr. Colen, his surgeon, for saving him – calling both, his “heroes.”
(Photo McLaren Northern Michigan)