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Golden Saves Woman From Freezing

Goldie along with his owner Pauline Muggleton.

Pauline Muggleton of Ferndown Dorset, UK decided to take her Golden Retriever , Goldie, out for a walk about 3:30 in the afternoon. While out on the walk, the elderly Pauline stumbled, suffering injuries to her knees and hands, leaving her unable to get back up.

Pauline’s husband John noticed that his wife and pet had not returned after several hours so he went to search for them. “Pauline and Goldie went out in the afternoon, but then I suddenly realized it was dark so I went to look for them, but I couldn't see anything,” explains John.

After a failed attempt, John contacted the Dorset Police, who sent a helicopter and search dogs to the scene. As the temperatures plummeted to just 37 degrees, John was sick with worry. After hours of searching, a Border Collie named Charlie finally tracked down Pauline and Goldie.

It seems that after Pauline fell, Goldie curled up closely to her to help keep her warm with his own body heat. She was taken to the local hospital where she was treated for hypothermia. “I don’t remember any of it. One minute, I was at home and the next, I was waking up in the hospital,” recalls Pauline.

Matt Cookes from Dorset Search Dogs explains that Pauline was the first person that the Border had ever located. “When we approached, we spotted two eyes staring back at us. It was the missing lady’s (Golden) retriever that was sitting patiently next to her. I am over the moon that it was a successful outcome.”