During a New Year's weekend hike that resulted in an accident, North, an eight-month-old Alaskan Malamute dog, stayed at his owner's side. Grga Brkic stumbled and plummeted 500 feet in Croatia's Velebit mountain range, seriously hurting his leg. Brkic's canine buddy survived the cold weather with him, resting on top of him to keep him safe and warm.
Dog Saves Injured Owner's Life By Keeping Him Warm With Cuddles
After being injured in a fall while hiking and unable to walk, the dog, named North, kept Grga Brkic warm. They raised the alert because the other two hikers accompanying him were unable to contact them.
The eight-month-old Alaskan Malamute was praised by first responders for keeping Brkic safe.
The incident occurred on a weekend hike in the Velebit mountain range, which runs along Croatia's Adriatic coast.
'Friendship and love between man and dog have no bounds,' Croatia's mountain rescue agency wrote on Facebook, besides a photo of the dog lying in a stretcher on top of Brkic.
During the high-altitude rescue mission, the dog 'curled around him and warmed him,' according to the post.
Roughly 30 first responders arrived at the injured hiker's stranded location, which was nearly 1,800 meters above sea level.
'The minutes and seconds before they arrived were so slow,' Brkic told Croatian media.
'This small dog is a true miracle,' his owner told the daily newspaper Jutarnji List. He went on to say that the dog was unaffected by the ordeal.
Despite this, Croatia's mountain rescue agency has advised against taking dogs on excursions in adverse weather, particularly during the winter when specialized climbing equipment is required.