Dog uses own body to keep toddler alive in Siberian cold

Winters in Siberia are snowy, icy, and bitterly cold, with temperatures plunging to as low as -12°C  (10°F).

The Siberian Times reports that in January 2017, villagers in the Loktevsky district of Altai region in southern Siberia, Russia, found a dog, covered in snow, curled up on the unheated porch of a home.

Beneath the dog was a two-year-old toddler, barely alive, with acute hypothermia.

The boy had lived in the house with his mother, who left the child alone at home. If it were not for the dog who, for two days, shielded the toddler from the cold by wrapping his body around the child, the boy would have died from exposure.

Four days after she left, the mother returned. She “is being investigated in a criminal case, accused of deliberately abandoning her child,” and “faces a potential jail sentence and losing the rights to raise her child.”

I searched in Siberian Times‘ archives for a follow-up, but found none.

In a comment, a Siberian Times reader wrote that according to the dog’s owner, the dog is an 8-months-old Husky mix named Betes.

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Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu

How pathetic it is when a dog has more nurturing sense than a human mother. It continues to amaze me with so many instances of animals who will shelter and care for human children. God did a marvelous thing to create dogs, and to place within their hearts this sense of nurturing.

Brian Heinz
Brian Heinz

Dogs are the friends you need when humans just wont do. They listen they love and never complain and if they had to give there life for you.
I only hope that child has other family who have a brain and can function as a normal human.


♥ This got is the poster child for unconditional love.


Good doggie!


I am such a softie for these animal/human, etc stories. What makes them “tick?” Why, as Auntie LuLu noted, are some animals more compassionate to preserving the lives around them…even strangers….than human beings might be at times….even human PARENTS????? We had a little black Shih-Tzu/Cocker Spaniel mix who looked all Shih-Tzu. I named her “Susie-Me-Too” b/c when I brought her home as a tiny pup, and she met the cats, she was exuberant & “all-in” with them, like she was saying “me too, me too!” One day I came home on a cold day from work and she, a totally… Read more »

Joseph BC69
Joseph BC69

I’m waiting to compose myself after becoming choked on reading the above comments, which have so much truth in them they become painful to read. Auntie Lulu started it, but she knows me and why a big tough old guy turns so emotional about stories such as this. Now let me tell you how this dog saved the boy’s life: I’m not saying that he understood all the processes, but this is what had to happen in order for this outcome to be successful. First there was an internal signal for mindless devotion to ensure survival of the child. He… Read more »


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