After Owner Breaks Neck In Paralyzing Fall, Loyal Dog Spends 20 Hrs In Freezing Cold Trying To Save His Life.

We’ve told you before about heroic dogs saving their owners’ lives. Remember the dog who pulled her blind owner from their burning home? How about the dog who called 9-1-1 when her owner had a heart attack and was unable to reach the phone? Those dogs saved their owners’ lives and left us amazed… but never has a dog proven more faithful in a rescue than Kelsey, the Golden Retriever who saved her owner this New Year’s Eve.


Kelsey’s owner, a farmer named Bob from Northern Michigan, was watching TV in his home when he decided to fetch a log from his backyard for a fire. He stepped outside in his pajamas– long johns, a t-shirt, and slippers– and then slipped on the snow. He broke his neck and was immediately paralyzed.

“I was screaming for help but my nearest neighbor is about a quarter mile away and it was 10:30 p.m.” said Bob. “But my Kelsey came.”

Kelsey not only barked for help, she laid down on top of Bob, warming him with her body heat. As the night wore on and temperatures dropped to a chilling 24 degrees, Kelsey stayed with her master, saving him from freezing to death and keeping him conscious by licking his hands and face. The paralyzed man and his faithful dog stayed in that spot for 20 hours.


“She kept barking for help, but never left my side,”said Bob. “She kept me warm and alert. I knew I had to persevere through this and that it was my choice to stay alive.â€

As the hours ticked by, Bob’s strength began to fade. “By morning my voice was gone and I couldn’t yell for help, but Kelsey didn’t stop barking.â€

Around 19 hours in, Bob lost consciousness. But Kelsey remained with him, continuing to bark, letting out what Bob described as a “screeching howl.” Around 6:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day– almost a full day after Bob’s accident– a neighbor heard Kelsey’s howl and found Bob.

The McLaren Northern Michigan hospital performed lifesaving surgery on Bob. He’ll require physical therapy, but the hospital is calling his recovery a miracle.


“I am so thankful for my two heroes,”said Bob. “Kelsey kept me warm, alert, and never stopped barking for help. Dr. Colen saved my life and ability to move. They are truly heroes and I will be eternally grateful.â€

People say that your dog may love you, but at its core its an animal, and it will put its instinct for survival first. Kelsey proved them wrong. She put herself in danger– remaining in the freezing cold for 20 hours, exerting herself with constant barking– in order to protect her human.


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