A puppy saves a girl lost in the Siberian woods, and now the story is making news worldwide. Karina Chikitova disappeared from her home late last month, but it took several days for the girl's mother to realize she was missing. This story has a happy ending though. The Spread It reported on this story on Aug. 13.
Karina Chikitova's mother thought her daughter left with her father when he went to go visit relatives in a nearby village. There was no way for her to contact him to check because there are no telephones in this remote region. It was three days later that the mother realized her daughter wandered away from the village. The little girl was not alone though. She had her puppy with her. The puppy returned home nine days after the little girl's disappearance, and he joined the search. In fact, he took rescuers straight to the little girl's location. She spent 11 nights in the woods.
Russian authorities sent out 60 men and various equipment to search the area for the little girl, but it was her puppy that saved the day. The puppy stayed with her during those first nine days, and she survived by eating berries and bugs. She drank water from the nearby river. When rescuers found her, she was dehydrated and had minor injuries.
Afanasiy Nikolayev, from the Sakha Republic Rescue Service, did speak out about this rescue. The return of the puppy first caused everyone concern. Her parents gave up all hope when the dog returned without the little girl. Nikolayev said the following about the search, according to Opposing Views:
"Our hearts truly and deeply sank. If she was to hug her puppy, we thought, this would have given her a chance to stay warm during nights and survive. So when her dog came back we thought ‘that's it.’ In the morning, almost right after we began searches - we only made 20 metres - we saw Karina sitting in the grass. We rushed to her, got her a little tea and grabbed her to run back to the car and doctors. I carried Karina myself to the car, and she was light as a bird. She was hardly ten kilograms - but amazingly she was fully conscious."
Authorities did take the little girl to the hospital for treatment, but she had only minor scrapes and mosquito bites. She was alert and conscious after her rescue. She remembers everything about her time in the woods as well. The three-year-old did reveal that her puppy stayed right with her for the first nine days of her ordeal. News reports did not reveal the name of the dog, but he is surely receiving some extra love and attention now.
The story of Karina's rescue is not the only instance of a dog saving its owner in this manner. Earlier this year, Jakob Heintzelman went missing from his home. He was gone for 10 hours when authorities found him. During that time, there was a thunderstorm. When rescuers found the little boy, his dog rested on top of him. The dog was trying to keep the two-year-old warm. Chance started to bark when police neared him and the little boy with their own search dog.
Another instance of a dog staying by its young owner's side happened in Poland when a three-year-old went missing. Firefighters found the little girl the next morning, and her dog was by her side. She wandered several miles from her home. Rescuers believed the dog kept her warm enough to survive the freezing cold temperatures felt in the area overnight.
Dogs are definitely man's best friend, but in these cases, they are also loyal to their youngest owners as well. Katrina, Jakob, and many other toddlers can thank their dogs for taking care of them when they went lost.