Golden retriever saves injured owner from freezing to death in the snow
A Michigan man who fell and broke his neck in the snow was saved from possibly dying a horrible hypothermic death, when his loyal golden retriever Kelsey stayed by his.
HARBOR SPRINGS, MICHIGAN — The year 2017 started out horribly for one Michigan man, who spent New Year’s Day injured and helpless in the snow. Luckily, it was man’s best friend to the rescue.
The Petoskey News Review reports that around 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, Bob (the newspaper did not publish his name citing “privacy reasons.”) ran out in his slippers and pajamas to get another log for his fire. Halfway there, he slipped and fell on the ice, breaking his neck, which rendered him paralyzed.
Unable to move, he screamed for help. But with the nearest neighbor a quarter mile away, it was his 5-year-old golden retriever Kelsey that ran to his side.
The temperature dipped to freezing, but Kelsey stayed by Bob, barking for help and licking his face and hands to keep him warm.
The 64-year-old lost consciousness, but Kelsey’s howling eventually got the attention of a neighbor, who finally discovered Bob 20 hours later.
He was rushed to the hospital, where a doctor performed emergency surgery to save him. Miraculously, he didn’t have frostbite, and is recovering nicely — a feat he claims he owes to two heroes: his dog, and his doctor.
Bob had been watching a football game between Michigan and Ohio state before he ran out and fell. His daughter knew he would be ok when the first thing he asked her was if Ohio won the game. MCLAREN NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Kelsey was 6 months old when Bob and his daughter Jenny adopted her. MCLAREN NORTHERN MICHIGAN
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