Nanook, a 7-year-old Alaskan husky did an amazing job of rescuing an injured Deaf woman hiking a trail east of Anchorage, Alaska.
Nanook the husky helped pull Amelia Milling to shore after she fell while crossing the Eagle River.
The 21-year-old college student from Tennessee, was hiking the Crow Pass Trail and was injured early in the planned three-day hike.
Nanook found her after she tumbled down a snowy slope and hit a rock that launched her into the air.
“My first response was, where’s the owner?”
“Then I saw the collar and it said (the dog) was a Crow Pass guide, and I realized that he was there to help me.”
Nanook camped with her overnight then stayed with Milling as she attempted to ford the river the next day.
Milling unfortunately fell into the water and Nanook helped her out of the freezing glacial water.
Eric Olsen said with the Alaska State Troopers:
“She slipped and fell, and the dog was able to save her and get her back to shore”
Milling later activated an emergency locator and both were airlifted to Anchorage.
“I believe the dog is a guardian angel”
“Nanook belongs to Scott Swift who lives near the south end of the 24-mile (39-kilometer) trail.”
“He’s Alaska’s version of Lassie,”
Nanook who usually takes trips by himself, his owner Swift said explained:
“He’s been doing it for years now,”
Amazingly, the dog does not have rescue training.
“He just does it on his own,”
“This is the second time I’ve heard of he has saved someone from drowning in that river,” Swift added.