Golden Retriever Saves Owners’ Life after Snowmobile Accident

Trapper Creek, Alaska – A 15 month old golden retriever named Amber is to credit for the survival of her owner, Otis Orth, as reported in The Alaska Dispatch.

Amber and Alaskan Sate Trooper Lucas Hegg - ALASKA STATE TROOPERS
Amber and Alaskan Sate Trooper Lucas Hegg – ALASKA STATE TROOPERS

On Sunday March 2nd, Orth and Amber headed out on a snowmobile about 115 miles north Anchorage to go into the nearby town for supplies. The machine hit a hollow snow drift that threw Orth and Amber off and sliding about 30-40 feet. When they finally came to a stop, Orth was unable to move. Amber appeared uninjured and stayed within 20 yards of Orth the entire time. When the night got colder, Amber rested her head on Orth’s stomach, and they kept each other warm until the sun came up.To make matters worse, at one point there was a raven that appeared very interested in Orth, and he was worried about his eyes being pecked. Again, Amber to the rescue, who chased the bird off when needed.

Daylight came, and when Orth heard snowmobiles, he started yelling excitedly at Amber to go get them, as if she would get a ride. Amber ran out to the main trail and chased the 2 snowmobilers, who had noticed the abandoned snowmobile but didn’t assume trouble. When they realized they were being followed by the dog, they stopped, and Amber led them back to her injured owner. Does this sound like something out of Lassie or what?

Being in a remote area, rescuers brought a generator and blow dryers to use to warm up the man while they waited for a helicopter to arrive. Amber did not want to leave Orth’s side. Orth and Amber were in the snow for about 32 hours before being rescued.

Amber is being cared for by a family friend, while Orth remains in the hospital awaiting spinal surgery. He may also lose toes on his left foot from frostbite.

What makes this story even more special, is the fact that Amber was rescued this last December and given to Orth as a birthday gift. Amber was living with a family with a new child, and spent his life in a kennel and was extremely underweight prior to finding his new home. There is nothing more loyal than a rescued dog…

Here is the full story from The Alaska Dispatch:

Dog alterted snowmachiners to injured man who survived frigid night outside – Sean Doogan


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