The three-year-old, named Julia, and her faithful furry black companion were out in the yard playing – just like a child should be able to do. Unfortunately the child, with a mind of her own, wandered out of her yard and into a nearby forest located in the southwestern Village of Pierzwin, Poland in freezing temperatures of 23 degrees Fahrenheit and negative five degrees Celsius. The Huffington Post covered the story yesterday online, complete with video.
Firefighters, in conjunction with a 200-person search team set about looking for Julia and her pet in order to save her from freezing to death. Eventually both were located in a marsh. The dog being the child’s savior; never leaving her side and protecting her by keeping her warm by laying on top of her and beside her. The dog is the little girl’s very best friend and is now her hero! He signaled to the searchers by barking their whereabouts as they got close to the pair.
Grzegorz Szymanski, one of the Polish firefighters on the case made this statement, “For the whole night the animal was with the girl, it never left her. Remember, it was 5 degrees below zero and the child was wet.”
Julia is going to recover from her frostbite and trauma thanks to her canine. Animals, especially dogs, have long been esteemed for their acts of heroism. Whether it is saving family members from weather conditions, fires or accidents, the love that many canines prove by placing themselves in face of harm is undeniable.
Many stories of such heroism are covered by the media each and every year. No one can appreciate the stories like those that have literally experienced what dogs are willing to do for them. Animals don’t always save just humans, but are willing to go above and beyond to save other animals (mothers of their litters or companion animals) as well.
Although many of the stories are discussed publicly, there are just as many that are unknown. Only animal lovers truly realize what sacrifices that their animals make on a daily basis for them.
Canines do not just save people in traumatic acts of bravery; they do so each and every day of the year simply just by being a part of our lives. If we think back about how our dog is constantly there for us to cry on their shoulder, listen without interrupting, or simply to eat dinner by our feet while we are feeling overwhelmed or lonely, they are there.
It is a very sensible idea to remember all of the ways that our dogs are heroes to us. The little Polish girl Julia will certainly do so!