A dog can be a best friend, a workout buddy, a loyal companion, a leader, a shoulder to cry on and so much more. But a dog being a true hero is one of a kind. Kelsey, the Golden Retriever, has earned that title through her heroic acts of selflessness.
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On December 31st, 2016 a man from Michigan was watching football when he decided to run outside to grab a log for the fireplace. After slipping in the snow, he fell and broke his neck. The man, identified as Bob, became paralyzed instantly.
Kelsey, his loyal Golden Retriever, immediately raced to her owner’s side without hesitation. She remained cozied up to Bob in the freezing snow for more than 20 hours. Kelsey kept Bob warm with her fur coat and body heat and even licked his face from time to time to keep his spirits up. She made it her mission to keep him alive – and succeeded.
“She kept barking for help but never left my side,” Bob told WPBN. “She kept me warm and alert. I knew I had to persevere through this and that it was my choice to stay alive.”
However, Kelsey wasn’t the only loyal one in this tragic situation. According to Bob’s daughter Jenny, “the last thing he remembers saying is telling Kelsey that he was so sorry, that he tried as hard as he could to stay alive. He wasn’t sure by the end. He remembers losing consciousness and kind of putting his head to the side and saying, ‘I gave it all I could give it’ and that was it.”
After enduring temperatures as low as 24 degrees for an entire night, Bob was found by his neighbor, Rick, who had come over to borrow some eggs. Rick miraculously spotted Bob and a very concerned Kelsey lying together in a pile of snow. When Rick found Bob, he had been unconscious for at least an hour. Bob was immediately transported to the hospital where he underwent neurosurgery.
Although his odds of living were slim for so many hours, Bob’s surgery was a success. Dr Chaim Colen, who performed the surgery said, “I don’t think he would be living unless the dog were there. The dog kept him warm. The dog kept his extremities warm. He didn’t have any frostbite and it was 24 degrees that night.”
“I am so thankful for my two heroes,” Bob said. “Kelsey kept me warm, alert, and never stopped barking for help. Dr. Colen saved my life and ability to move. They are truly heroes and I will be eternally grateful.” Whether it was Dr. Colen or Kelsey who saved Bob’s life, one thing is certain – Kelsey and Bob’s story is proof that a dog can be anything, even a hero.