Hugging a dog can certainly feel good, but sometimes hugging a dog can even save your life! And I’m not talking about the emotionally therapeutic benefits of simply snuggling with your furry pup. I’m talking about literally staying alive in conditions that might entail almost certain death because a dog is laying on top of you. 

My Other Videos

Grga and North posing in the cold: Twitter

That was the situation avid mountain climber Grga Brkic found himself in when he fell while trying to summit a peak with his dog whom he appropriately named North. Brkic fractured a bone in his leg and realized that he couldn’t make his way back down the slopes, and North who is bred for colder temperatures lept into action… well, more accurately, laid softly down into action. 

In order to ensure his owner and best friend’s survival, North knew that the only thing to do was to lay on top of Grga and keep him warm as temperatures plummeted to below freezing. They stayed that way for thirteen hours. That’s like watching the entire Harry Potter series back to back while a dog lays on top of you in the freezing snow.

The next morning hikers discovered the and alerted the authorities who actually lept into action and saved the two. 

This is, of course, not the only story of dogs saving people from freezing to death – the world is, fortunately or unfortunately, full of them. I recently had a story about a stray keeping a girl alive during a blizzard in Russia. There’s another story of a dog that kept a man in Michigan from freezing to death. No shortage of canine heroism there. 

See also  Heartwarming Video Shows Reunion of Dog and Owner Separated By Ukrainian-Russian War

However, while breeds like North are huge, lovable, and super furry and can withstand freezing cold temperatures for really long periods of time, not all can do the same. Dogs like Huskies have been known to survive temperatures as low as -60⁰ Fahrenheit for really long periods of time. Meanwhile, the average Labrador Retriever (the most popular breed according to the AKC) can really only survive about 20⁰ F for prolonged periods of time on average. That’s still a good amount of cold resistance, but won’t exactly last long at the top of a mountain. 

To that end this is a really great opportunity to remind everyone that our pups, amazing and resilient though they may be, need to be taken care of as well. PETA has reported that in the past two years alone 41 pets, (not strays, we’re talking animals with homes here) have been left outside and frozen to death. 

So, if North can do his part to save his mountaineering friend from freezing to death we can do our part to help our friends stay warm as well. 

Clothing for Dog Lovers

Are You A Dog Mom?

Easily Distracted by Dogs?

Kobe Inspire (he's my blind dog)

My Dog Is My Happy Place

Aloha Ciao Woof Hello

      Website TERMS & CONDITION

      ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATION ONLY – NOT VETERINARY CARE

      Kanaka Holdings operates an online information and opinion blog and is for educational and entertainment purposes only. Reading this website or using any of the information you expressly acknowledge and understand that there are risks and limitations associated with any advice, recipes, formulas, products given.

      The blog is NOT a substitute for veterinary care, advice, facts or opinions, and we cannot provide advice or consultation regarding such. If your pet is sick, injured, or in need of medical attention, please contact your regular veterinarian or local emergency animal hospital immediately.

      The contents of the Rocky Kanaka website, such as text, graphics, images, and other material contained on the Site (“Content”) are for informational and entertainment purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Site.

      READ AND USE OF THIS SITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK

      ROCKY KANAKA / KANAKA HOLDINGS OR ITS EMPLOYEES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS, INJURY, CLAIM, LIABILITY, OR DAMAGE RELATED TO YOUR USE OF THIS SITE OR ANY SITE LINKED TO THIS SITE, WHETHER FROM ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THE CONTENT OF OUR SITE OR ANY OTHER LINKED SITES, FROM THE SITE BEING DOWN, OR FROM ANY OTHER USE OF THIS SITE.