Zagreb, Croatia (AP) —and it wasn’t St. Bernard.
Croatian rescuers praised the dog for protecting the injured owner from freezing in the snowy mountains and kept it warm in the dark for 13 hours before seeing a doctor.
“Friendship and love between a person and a dog knows no boundaries,” the county mountain rescue service wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, a picture of a dog lying on a stretcher over his master.
The accident occurred late January 1st, over 1,700 meters (5,600 feet) in the Velebit Mountains on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. Rescue teams say that both humans and dogs (Alaskan Malamute, called the North) slipped and fell about 150 meters (500 feet).
The hiker hurt his paw badly, but the dog wasn’t injured, the temperature dropped at dawn, and the rescuer tried to find his paw, so he used his temperature to keep him warm.
The rescue team post said, “(North) curled by him and warmed his body. His loyalty did not stop when the rescue team came. He was one of us and he I was protecting the man for 13 hours. “
Rescue teams said night operations were particularly difficult, as snow, ice, and broken tree branches blocked access to the site. A team of 27 people participated in the rescue, reaching the pair around midnight and handing over the hiker to the medical staff around 8 am on Tuesday.
“This example will teach you all the ways to care for each other,” the rescue team said.