That's exactly what dog walker Annette Poitras learned when she fell and hurt herself during a recent hike in the backcountry of British Columbia, Canada. After two days in the wilderness, a lost and injured Poitras may not have survived had it not been for her three dogs.
Lost & Injured Hiker Survives Harrowing Ordeal Thanks To Her 3 Dogs
To a true dog lover, your pup is always your hero. But sometimes, our canine companions really do save our lives.
After she was reported missing, a manhunt went underway to find Poitras who claims her dogs not only alerted rescuers to her presence, but also took turns guarding her, seeking food and help, and keeping her warm during her two-day ordeal.
"One of them was cuddling [her] and one of them was on guard, and the other one was looking for food," Marcel Poitras, Annette's husband, told reporters with Global News.
Portrias and her three dogs — a collie named Chloe, a boxer named Roxy, and a puggle named Bubba — took care of each other as best as possible. Despite her condition, Poitras used her rain jacket during a downpour to keep her boxer Roxy warm. In return, the dogs stuck by her side until they were all safe.
Rescuers discovered and life-flighted Portrias to an area hospital where she was eventually released, but not before her four-legged friends visited her.
So in case you needed a reason to love and appreciate dogs even more, there you have it.