In our ongoing effort to ensure our readers start their weekends on a positive note and not feeling like the weight of the world is crushing their souls into tiny, little pieces…here's a heartwarming animal story!
Otis Orth, a 52-year old man from Trapper Creek, Alaska, owes his life to his dog, Amber. According to Anchorage Daily News, Orth crashed his snowmobile and was left immobile, stranded and seriously injured with neck injury this past weekend. He would have certainly frozen to death if it weren't for his 2-year-old golden retriever, who had gone along for the ride with him.
Amber, a rescue dog, stayed with him the entire night and kept him warm by keeping her head and paws on his stomach to prevent him from losing more body heat. She even kept a raven away when it stopped to investigate Orth's body.
"I got her to run him off. I know how they are. They like to poke out eyeballs the first chance they get, if they think you're dead," he said. "When you can't move much, but just holler at them, I don't think that's much of a defense."
About 24 hours after he first crashed, he heard people near his location, and Amber ran off to bark and alert them. Otis was rescued and treated for neck injuries, dislocated arms and frostbite on his left foot. But he knows his situation could have been much, much worse.
"I owe that dog my life," Orth said.
See, this is where Team Cat loses points. We have cats, and we know for a fact that if this happened to us, our cats would look at us until they confirmed that we were unable to get up to open their cans of food, and then they would peace out to find a human who could feed them.
Here's to you, Amber, and your adorable life-saving existence.