Look at the picture below.
Scrawny though he is, you are looking at the picture of a hero.
His name is Czarue, and he is homeless. But a little girl would be dead if not for this stray pooch.
Matt Blake reports for the UK’s Daily Mail, March 4, 2013, that three-year-old Julia had wandered out of her grandmother’s home in Pierzwin, Poland (below), accompanied by a local stray mongrel called Czarue.
The sun was already setting.
The two got lost as they wandered deeper into a nearby forest.
When Julia’s grandmother Danuta Balak realized the little girl was missing, she raised the alarm, triggering a major search operation as temperatures dropped to -5° C (23° F).
Police and fire-fighters said that damp soil and marshes in the surrounding forests made the search especially difficult for the use of search dogs and a police helicopter had found no trace of the girl on the ground.
Julia was taken to Zielona Gora hospital and treated for light symptoms of frostbite. Head of the paediatric ward Kazimiera Barczyk said, “The only unusual symptoms are swollen hands and feet, probably from the frost. A surgeon inspected this and prescribed ointments. This dog, which was with her most probably kept her warm. It lay down next to her when she fell asleep. She was walking and walking, and fell asleep when she got tired.”
Although the news report didn’t say so, I sure hope that after this incident, Czarue finally is adopted and has a forever home with Julia.
H/t FOTM’s Joseph