A 15-month-old Golden Retriever in Alaska named Amber was out with her owner on his snowmachine. However, her owner was seriously injured after he crashed the vehicle and became unable to move. They were also obscured from view by the snow. Amber laid across her owner to keep him warm overnight. The next day, she ran off and managed to lead passersby to the location of the crash. Read more from the Alaska Dispatch:
After rolling himself onto his back, Orth took stock of his injuries. Something was wrong with his arms and legs, his face was cut and bleeding from being scraped on the ice, and his shoulders had separated. Orth said he didn’t panic but wasn’t sure what he could do to help himself. Amber, his rambunctious young golden retriever, did know what to do, whether by instinct or loyalty.
"About two hours later it was dark, and so my dog laid down by my right side with her head across my stomach," Orth said. "And that’s the way we were all night."
After a few more hours, Orth said he could hear snowmachines getting closer.
"I told her, ‘Go get them,’" Orth said, even promising Amber the snowmachiners would give her a ride — anything to get her excited enough to run toward the sounds.
Taylor said he and his brother were riding together on a snowmachine at about 1 o’clock Monday afternoon in the Jake Lake area. The two men had decided to extend their weekend trip to their cabin on Peters Creek, so that they could avoid the weekend traffic. They soon saw a lone snowmachine, sitting upright about 200 feet off the main trail. Taylor said, at first, he didn’t think anything was amiss. Snowmachines are a common sight along area trails, and Taylor said he figured its rider was simply in the bushes, using the bathroom, or nearby. Taylor said his own snowmachine was low on fuel and he didn’t want to stop.
"Then, this dog came after us and I thought, ‘Oh, I don’t want the dog trailing us,’ so I sped up," Taylor said. "But the dog stayed with us and kept barking."
When Taylor slowed down, the dog ran back and sat down about 100 feet from the snowmachine Taylor spotted alongside the trail. Returning to where the dog was lying down, and discovered Orth, on his back in the snow and ice.