Being buried alive in the snow is the stuff of nightmares. You’re cold and alone, and you don’t know which way is up or down, how long you’ll be able to breathe, or how long it will take you to freeze to death.
You’re whispering a prayer, hoping without hope, when you hear a noise. You strain to hear something in the silence, “yeah, I do hear something…”
A muffled sound becomes into barking and clawing, as the snow around you begins to shift slowly away. Face-to-face with your nose is a cold, little black nose. You’ve been discovered! You’ve been rescued! Thanks to a very special search and rescue dog, you will survive.
You’ll meet Flo in this video. A little 4-year-old puppy that has been specially trained to identify individuals who have been buried in the snow or been lost in the bush. This video demonstrates Flo’s heartfelt commitment to saving his victim. He locates the individual, pushes the snow away with his small body, and leaps into action to save the day. In every sense of the term, he is a true hero.
Flo and others like him become your closest friend and savior in an avalanche or other catastrophe. It does not occur by chance. Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England is the organization that trains the dogs. They are dedicated to training specialized rescue canines to assist in the recovery of those who have become lost in the woods or who have become buried in the snow.
Volunteers run the group, which trains the canines 132 days a year. It takes their dog two to three years to get graded. They receive no remuneration or subsidy from the government. They rely exclusively on public donations to stay afloat.
“Volunteers Saving Lives in Wild and Remote Places” is their motto. The people they saved will remember their dedication, charity, and kindness.
The beauty of this rescue has moved us, and we are grateful that strangers’ goodwill and some beautiful dogs have saved lives.