Dog Saves Owner's Life By Lying On Him For 20 Hours In The Freezing Cold

nollygrioPublished: January 24, 2017Updated: January 25, 2017347 views
Published: January 24, 2017Updated: January 25, 2017

In what can only be described as a heroic act, a golden retriever managed to save his owner’s life by lying on top of him for almost 24 hours to keep him from freezing to death after slipping on ice and breaking his neck.

On New Year’s Eve, 64-year-old Bob, of Petoskey, Michigan, was watching the Fiesta Bowl between Clemson and Ohio State.

It was around 10:30 pm when he decided to go outside and fetch some more wood for his fireplace wearing only long johns, slippers and a shirt. His poor choice of footwear made him slip, and the fall left him unable to move.

The man started screaming for help, but his closest neighbor’s house is a quarter of a mile away, and at that hour, there was no one around to help him. Luckily, his 5-year-old golden retriever came to help.

Kelsey, a Golden Retriever, kept Bob warm by lying on top of him, and kept him awake by licking his hands and face.

"She kept barking for help but never left my side. She kept me warm and alert. I knew I had to persevere through this and that it was my choice to stay alive."

Bob's neighbor eventually discovered him after hearing Kelsey's howls and called 911.

When Bob arrived to the hospital, his core temperature was below 69°F. Normal body temperature is 98.6°F and hypothermia occurs when your body temperature passes below 95°F.

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