> Sophie's head appeared to be poking out from the snow; the yellow lab completely buried and stuck in the yard of a camp the Silvers had already checked.
> It took some plowing to get to her, but Sophie was not only alive; after five days in the cold, buried in snow, Sophie was okay.
> A vet check showed she had lost five pounds, but otherwise had no frostbite or serious injuries.
It is nothing less than a miracle that Sophie survived, 5 days is a lot of time. Cheers to all those people as well who shared the post. I hope she has a wonderful future ahead.
I have so many questions... also I’m really impressed a 13 year old dog survived that. I can only imagine the joy she must have felt once her humans found her.
Dogs can make it in some pretty extreme cold weather, and are smart enough to burry themselves in the snow for warmth when it gets too cold. Labs may not be an obvious winter hardy breed like a Husky or Malamute, but they are double coated and don't mind jumping into ice covered ponds to retrieve a fowl (see my friends' labs swim across half frozen lakes every year while we freeze our asses in a blind.)
Snow is actually a great insulator. They tell you to if you're ever lost in the wilderness in the winter, build a big a mound as big as you can and tunnel in. Your body heat will do the rest.
I used to live by a river, and every year someone would die jumping in the river to save their dog. And every time the dog would swim out alone and unharmed. Tough beasts.
Wait, it's an old dog AND a lab?
Dog was probably like "Well that was refreshing, but if you will just move some kibble over here I'm due for another multiday snowbank nap."
Years later a DNA test discovers it wasn’t the same dog
When I was young I heard the story of how the band Three Dog Night got its name. In Alaska sled dog mushers would sleep under the snow for insulation from the wind and extreme cold. The dogs would also do this. The humans usually slept in the same hole as a dog to share warmth. If it was extremely cold they'd sleep with two dogs. The coldest nights they slept with three, and that is where the name Three Dog Night came from. It was a story that made the rounds and I've never verified this since the internet didn't exist in the 1960's. EDIT: So I had to Google it. Evidently the story I heard was partly right. The internet says it came from Australia but did confirm that it referred to very cold nights when you needed three dogs to keep you warm. I didn't know they had sled dogs in Australia.