A Michigan dog helped keep her owner alive by warming his body in freezing conditions after he slipped on snow.
Kelsey the golden retriever stayed with her owner Bob for nearly 20 hours after he slipped and injured his neck while getting a log for his fire on New Year’s Eve, according to WPBN.
Bob called for his neighbors, but only Kelsey responded to his call and immediately began to protect her owner from the 24 degree cold.
“Kelsey was licking him and barking at him and pawing at him. I can see marks on his arm from her pawing at him,” his daughter Jenny said.
Bob’s neighbor Rick stopped by to borrow some eggs and discovered Kelsey still protecting his unconscious body.
“The last thing he remembers saying is telling Kelsey that he was so sorry, that he tried as hard as he could to stay alive,” Jenny said. “He wasn’t sure by the end. He remembers losing consciousness and kind of putting his head to the side and saying, ‘I gave it all I could give it’ and that was it.”
Bob was immediately taken to a hospital where he received neurosurgery from Dr. Chaim Colen, who credited the dog for Bob’s survival, according to WYFF.
“I don’t think he would be living unless the dog were there. The dog kept him warm. The dog kept his extremities warm. He didn’t have any frostbite and it was 24 degrees that night,” Colen said.
The surgery was successful and Kelsey was there immediately after to greet her beloved owner.
“He was right out of surgery and she licked his face, and they were crying and it was beautiful. It was everything that you would think the reunion would be,” Jenny said.