It’s tough to put into words the bond that exists between a man and his dog, but one image tells it all.
Meet North, a brave Alaskan malamute who kept his father safe in the most dangerous of circumstances.
A teenage mountaineer was injured and stuck 5,600 feet up Mount Velebit last Saturday. According to The Associated Press, a rescue crew of 27 tried to ascend the mountain range that borders Croatia’s Adriatic Sea coast, but it was made more difficult by harsh weather, ice, and fallen tree boughs.
Hrvatska gorska služba spašavanja (HGSS) objavila je u subotu navečer da je u tijeku vrlo zahtjevna akcija spašavanja teško ozlijeđenog planinara s Vaganskog vrha na Velebitu…. # # # # # # # # # #https://t.co/XTH0JJcvNR pic.twitter.com/VL497H6DBD
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Fortunately for the hiker, he was accompanied by his canine companion, North. North refused to leave his father as dusk fell and temperatures plummeted, protecting him and keeping him warm until aid arrived.
Hrvatska Gorska Sluba Spaavanja (HGSS) stated on Facebook, “Friendship and affection between man and dog know no bounds.” “North escaped with only minor injuries, but his friend, a young climber, did not. He knelt by him and warmed him warmly with his body.”
Rescuers arrived about midnight and were able to bring the hiker and his dog medical help the next morning.
His father made it through the night and down the mountain thanks to North’s dedication.
The Facebook post stated, “[North’s] loyalty did not cease with the arrival of the rescuers.” “For 13 hours, he was one of us, defending his guy. We may all learn about caring for one another from this example.”