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6.2k points · 6 months ago

Sophie's head appeared to be poking out from the snow; the yellow lab completely buried and stuck in the yard of a camp the Silvers had already checked.

It took some plowing to get to her, but Sophie was not only alive; after five days in the cold, buried in snow, Sophie was okay.

A vet check showed she had lost five pounds, but otherwise had no frostbite or serious injuries.

It is nothing less than a miracle that Sophie survived, 5 days is a lot of time. Cheers to all those people as well who shared the post. I hope she has a wonderful future ahead.

1.8k points · 6 months ago

That's crazy that the dog survived, at my uni we had a guy die a few weeks ago from passing out in a snow bank while walking home drunk. He froze to death overnight.

His lack of fur didn't help.

800 points · 6 months ago

Never shave, people.

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414 points · 6 months ago

I have not shaved in 2 years, eternal life here I come.

The dog never shaved so not so fast

What if /u/chocolatemaggot is only 2?

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You don't know that!

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Neither did the alcohol.

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He also probably didn't burrow down in the snow bank like Dog Grills over here.

Or not to mention the alcohol in his system which lowered his core body temp while increasing the blood flow to skin thus allowing greater thermal transfer out of his body and into the surrounding snow which continued until his blood stopped circulating.

Yeah you tell em!

immotdrunkiswear

Curiously I've also heard of a man who passed out drunk and fell under a truck in a town I used to live in, and was found in well into the double digit negatives the next morning, taken to the ER unresponsive and when he was warmed up he headed right back into wasted but survived.

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The difference is the dog was buried, so the snowbank insulated her heat. Sort of like how igloos work.

Also alcohol accelerates hypothermia

except for those rare times it doesn't like that dude from the Titanic.

43 points · 6 months ago

I think the survivor himself attributed surviving to the alcohol, I dont remember it being confirmed by doctors.

I don't know enough about this to say anything with certainty, but with that being said, doesn't alcohol only make you feel warmer? While in reality it actually does more harm than good? I suppose feeling warm could keep someone stronger mentally which could be what they need to push them forward. And if you don't get cold enough that it kills you/causes severe injuries, feeling warmer than you are, even though you might actually be warmer sober, does seem like it could be more of a positive in the end.

It could also have prevented him from going into shock. But you're correct insofar as the heat generated by booze being more of a placebo. It thins your blood.

It's a peripheral vasodilator.

It doesn't generate heat, just the perception of warmth from increased distal circulation.

Takes heat from your core and let's it flow to the extremities. Only good if you value your toes more than your brain. There's a very good reason we get frostbite and that's to keep our blood at the right temperature

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That's a smart doggo, iirc the guy here passed out on his back and it was around -40 - -50with the wind-chill that night so that didn't help either.

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Damn.. this exact thing happened to a friend of mine.. he drunkenly walked to his ex’s house for some reason but she wasn’t home.. so he laid down in a snow bank to wait for her... she found him there the next morning.

drunkenly walked to his ex's house for some reason

Drunk and ex is all the context you need to understand why he was there

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61 points · 6 months ago

Dogs create a lot of heat and have fur, alcohol will make you colder and if you are passed out drunk then it’s easy to die from cold. Plus your friends cloths would be all wet and that wouldn’t help.

My lab probably wouldn’t survive because he gets cold after 1 hour outside right now. Meanwhile my husky would live outside and whines and cries and it’s time to go inside. :)

Edit: well I just read your comment below about the windchill temp... yea.... lol

Trying to figure out why my friends clothes are wet and what they have to do with this situation...

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I remember reading the book call of the wild, where Buck is trying to get warm and looking for the other sled dogs. They burrowed and curled up in the snow somehow to stay warm. I don’t think it’s as crazy as it sounds if the dog had good instincts. Think igloos.

I would be more worried about food and water. Eating snow cools the body and you have to burn energy to stay warm. If you are ever stuck in the wild, try melting the snow before drinking.

Snow is a great insulator. But, you need to be buried pretty well inside it. Just laying on top like the drunk folks mentioned in this thread won’t help you. But being sealed inside a small cavity can be pretty warm. Obviously this isn’t so good in something like an avalanche where the weight of the snow can suffocate you to death, but being a foot deep in a snow bank isn’t the worst way to be stuck in the winter

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6 points · 6 months ago

I am from Eastern Canada, and during university I found a person passed out in a snowbank during a storm - another hour and he may have been completely covered by quickly falling snow. Anyway, I pulled him out and after a minute or two he was somewhat awake. It was after bar hours, and another drunken man walked by and helped me walk the very drunken man home. It wasn't far in theory, but the snowbank man was very resistant to going home, because apparently his wife was the "Judo master" of Canada and regularly beat him. Regardless, we walked this man home, entered his apartment (nobody was home), dumped him on the floor, and left. To this day I wonder if he really was an abused man fleeing a judo master woman.

Being drunk in the cold will lower your core temperature more quickly too.

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That is a long time, I’d be worried about dehydration after freezing but I’m guessing since there was no frostbite that the snow was packed (which would be why she couldn’t get out) and therefore acted as a good insulator of her heat, so her only real life threatening concern for a 5-day period would be dehydration.

What about eating the snow? Wouldn't that keep her hydrated?

I've heard eating snow is not a way to hydrate because your body is expending too much energy to melt the snow...

I've always wondered, how does an igloo not melt from the inside out?

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207 points · 6 months ago

It has a vent in the top that allows most of the heat to escape. The snow inside does melt albiet very slowly. The cold snow and ice on the outside helps freeze the snow melting on the inside. Without maintenance they can and will melt away

This guy igloos.

Sounds like a Big Igloo shill to me.

Bigloo

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It does melt and then forms sort of an ice barrier on the inside and also on the outside which will then slow the rate of melting. But it will melt away eventually. Tried to find an article to link that explains well, but I failed at the moment.

If you keep adding more to the outside but not the inside, does the igloo just keep getting bigger and bigger?

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interesting. I kinda expected the answer to be "they stay warmer than the outside environment but don't get warm enough to melt" to which I would say "then they don't get WARM at all and my whole life has been a lie!"

it can get to 60F inside with just body heat.

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Fun fact: the interior temperature of a well made igloo can be around 62° (Fahrenheit)

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16 points · 6 months ago

Well it's made of plastic and you put ice-packs in it

Im guessing that the lab licked enough of the snow melt water to live seeing how labs lick everything

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I would imagine that Sophie didn’t know that, so she just ate the snow.

That could have possibly contributed to her weight loss though.

17 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Nah, just let it melt in your mouth. It takes a lot of snow to get a little water but even a few drops could be life-saving over a couple days time.

http://boreal.net/articles/cold-weather-research/do-not-eat-snow-another-survival-myth.php

And the first comment here has a great explanation:

https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/488/does-eating-snow-help-dehydration

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But warming up consumes calories, not water...

Not completely true, some camels actually do eat snow to stay hydrated (saw a documentary where they showed camels crossing mountains, only source of water there was snow).

However you cannot get all your water from snow, the documentary did not go into detail about why that is the case, but it said they cannot eat more than (I think) 17 KG's of snow which was not enough to cover their daily water needs.

The issue I've always heard is that since snow will typically have a ton of air in it, you'll need a ton of snow to get a reasonable amount of water -- enough that if you're in a situation dire enough where you need to eat it, you'll just kill yourself faster via hypothermia by doing so. You need to melt it somehow just so there's less cold going inside you, even if it's just elevating it and getting it in the sun.

Those camels, I assume, have different biology to account for the possibility.

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Body heat melts snow from inside, dog licks it of.

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Yes and I thought about that but I wasn’t sure whether or not she could have. Definitely a possibility and I think probability because 5 Days is a long time.

Reason I didn’t include it was because just her nose was sticking out (right?) and if she couldn’t move I doubt she could have ate a sizable amount of snow to stave off the dehydration. Final reason was just because she’s a dog and while they’re smart I’m not certain she’d have thought of that.

But I think it’s cool to think that she did because that’d be Siiiick!

My dog eats snow when it's thirsty all the time.

I can only make and educated guess that Taylor555212 has never owned a dog in a region that snows. All of my dogs eat snow in the winter when their thirsty.

One of a dog's first reactions to snow is something along the lines of "I wonder if this is edible OH GOD IT TURNED INTO WATER I'M A WIZARD"

28 points · 6 months ago

Man, I wish I was a dog. I could experience this same wonder daily.

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38 points · 6 months ago

I find that smoking weed makes me similar to a yellow lab

I was going to post the yellow, brown, black, meth lab joke, but I saw this one =)

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Yep mine does the same, won't mess with the snow but as soon as he's thirsty/exhausted he's trying to eat it.

my dog stops drinking from his bowl and instead asks to go outside to get the snow

it's honestly probably easier and way less work to eat snow

I've camped overnight in a snow cave before. Your body heat melts the surface snow and it ices over. There would have been a thin sheen of water on it too.

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Especially a miracle since she is 13. That's old for a lab!

29 points · 6 months ago

Also that's odd. She's legal to drive in dog years. Why didn't she just take the car?

Asking the key questions here

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My parent's cat was once stuck in a lobster trap for a month and survived it. Poor thing :(

23 points · 6 months ago

Pretty amazing. I'd bet that it fought many a lobster after it learned how to breathe salt water.

Haha, it was a stored trap on land. She probably fought a lot of land-lobsters though.

This deserves a longer comment.

7 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

I don't really have many other details. This was a long time ago.. she was really thin and weak afterwards (expectedly so) but slowly and surely she gained weight over time and lived for a few years after that. It was quite miraculous.

Oh and my current cats name is Loki. What a coincidence!

edit: spelling

I doubt I would last 5 hours. Poor pup but glad she is safe now!!

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I have so many questions... also I’m really impressed a 13 year old dog survived that. I can only imagine the joy she must have felt once her humans found her.

If you’re nice to Maine she will always take care of you.

Uh I’ve been super nice to Maine and all it’s done for me is release a thick white mist filled with biological horrors into my town. The town to the south of me had a goddamn killer clown in it during the 80s, for God’s sake. And that’s just for starters- my neighbors around the state all have similarly fucked up stories- possessed toys, undead coming alive....I swear to god we’re cursed

We do not discuss this here!

I'm tired of the rules. I'm going to speak out because it's the right thing to do. Hold on, someone's at the door

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What's the mist one called? Sounds familiar but I can't think of a title.

The mist

I was afraid it would be that. Thanks for the response either way.

12 points · 6 months ago

It's in skeleton crew or whatever that book of shorts is

Thank you so much, I had absolutely no idea it was even a short..

It's the longest piece in that book, a novella more than it is a short.

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Yeah, that's what I said, the mist one. What's it called??!!

Its called "the mist one"

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"What's that movie about the mist called?"

"Um, that'd be 'The Mist.'"

I realized that after the fact. If it wasn't titled The Mist though, it would've been annoying to find without getting a bunch of search results on actual mist.

Haha I'm just pulling your leg, friendo. I hope you have a wonderful day!

I was about to note how nice this sub is but then I realized I was on r/upliftingnews

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I thought you were jokingly asking at first and now i see you were serious, and youre just so content to get the answer either way that it makes me happy too lol

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hahaha I miss Orono

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Lets not forget the messed up stuff and disappearing people in the town of Haven and all that supernatural stuff going on there in Maine

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i'd say throw em in that prison up there.. but people can escape from there with nothing but a rock hammer...

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Ayuh

A nice contrast to California. Seems like that state is trying to eradicate it's population

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Ya no kidding! My 4 year old black lab refuses to go outside without her coat on when it’s anything below 30 degrees out. She’s a rescue from Arkansas and is not built for Vermont winters

I have a similar lhasa apso that scrapes at the door within 30 seconds of you closing it in winter, and I'm like "aren't you supposed to be Tibetan?"

Unless your lab is severely unhealthy or has some sort of issue with its fur then it should absolutely not need a coat during the winter

I don’t think it’s a matter of need, it’s a matter of want. Also she’s a mix so she doesn’t have the same coat as a pure lab it’s a bit thinner

12 points · 6 months ago

Well, she won't drink water without a lemon slice in it. So, there's that, too.

i gave her a tbone steak and she wouldn't eat it without a glass of red wine

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My Chihuahua needs to be carried by a sherpa (me) to go outside in a California winter (55°f).

My chihuahua won't do her business if she can't feel grass or dirt under her feet, so whenever we get snow we have to clear a space for her--which is no bother most of the time because she's not a perfectionist, thank goodness. I imagine it's because she lived in Georgia for the first half of her life (she was surrendered to a kill shelter there and brought north by a rescue, where my husband's mom adopted her) and was well set in her ways before she discovered snow. Plus she's a Very Good Girl.

It sure is nice that the only times she's peed in our apartment in the 4 years she's lived with us were the very first time we had to leave her alone after we moved in and I guess she got scared that we were never coming back, and when she had a UTI a couple years ago. That first time, she only peed in her crate (we had left the door open so she could chill there if she wanted, since it was familiar and the apartment was not). When she had the UTI she only peed on a pile of laundry, a blanket on the floor, and the bath mat. So we have a 4 year old bottle of pet accident carpet spray cleaner that we've never had to use. Very Good Girl :)

14 points · 6 months ago

What the hell is a pibble?

It's a cutesy way to say pit bill.

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A drunk pitbull

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5 points · 6 months ago

Pit bull.

12 points · 6 months ago

sophie was just like : hey what's up guys, i was just playing in the snow!

wags tail

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342 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Dogs can make it in some pretty extreme cold weather, and are smart enough to burry themselves in the snow for warmth when it gets too cold. Labs may not be an obvious winter hardy breed like a Husky or Malamute, but they are double coated and don't mind jumping into ice covered ponds to retrieve a fowl (see my friends' labs swim across half frozen lakes every year while we freeze our asses in a blind.)

My lab/Maltese mix decided last year she wanted to go swimming. There was 4 inches of snow on the ground and it's freezing cold. But I turned my back and she zipped off to the lake and I find her just sitting there chilling in the lake.

29 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

She probably rolled in the snow afterwards to dry off. It took a winter survival class to teach me that this is a quick way to dry off after a fall in icy water, and most dogs do this instinctually. They are freaking grey wolves, winter is in their blood!

I just...I hate being cold so much...and the thought of falling in and then rolling in snow sounds exceptionally miserable.

My hell is definitely already frozen over.

Hypothermia is far more miserable :-p In my class we had to fully submerge in ice water, strip down to our thermals, roll around the snow then rub snow on each layer and shake the ice off before putting them on. It is amazingly effective. Fortunately, there was a warm room nearby, so no real fear of dying.

I have been hypothermic before and nope, noooopeeee. I'm not arguing the efficacy of the method (it makes sense), but jesus I hope I never have to use it.

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Thanks for the reminder. I was thinking about my poor mutt who's coat is about as insulating as a greyhound's. She shivers if it drops below 50, and probably wouldn't have fared as well. Although she keeps really warm when she curls up in a little ball. I try to cover her with a blanket, but she prefers to be on the blankets.

32 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Yeah Grayhounds definitely do poorly in the cold mainly because they are single coated, have relatively low amounts of body fat and unusual metabolisms. Shivering is a reflex to cold for all warm blooded animals. It is the body's way of thermoregulating while standing still. It is not necessarily a bad thing, and a lot of times keeps dog owners from properly exercising their dogs when it gets colder. We all shiver. Heck I shiver every morning when I am about to go for a jog in the Minneapolis winter. Dogs do the same thing, and it doesn't mean that they don't want to go outside or can't use the exercise.

* Edit: typing on a small phone with gloved hands in -2° F is hard for hairless monkeys.

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Thanks for the reminder. I was thinking about my poor mutt who's coat is about as insulating as a greyhound's. She shivers if it drops below 50

I've got a chihuahua mix about 25lbs who is the same way. Though its if the house drops below 70 when he starts shivering, rofl.

My friends laugh about how they feel weird when they show up and my 2 chihuahuas are naked. During the summer the air conditioning freezes them so they stay dressed daily year-round. He's 7 lbs and she's 10lbs and they are currently both laying on heating pads, while fully dressed, and the heat is on 75.

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Most labs actually have a good layer of fat on them too, which definitely helps. My boxer wouldn't have lasted a day but my big ol' lab would have been alright.

she looks lovely and chubby in some of the pictures, so maybe the excess fat helped her stay warm!

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Labs may not be an obvious winter hardy breeds like a Husky or Malamute,

Labrador retrievers are named after the Labrador Canada area but was developed in Newfoundland Canada*, an equally cold area. The breed was developed there to retrieve game from the water and their ancestors helped to bring in fishing nets in the cold northern Atlantic ocean and associated estuaries, bays, and riverine net-fishing areas.

"The dogs are admirably trained as retrievers in fowling, and are otherwise useful.....The smooth or short haired dog is preferred because in frosty weather the long haired kind become encumbered with ice on coming out of the water." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labrador_Retriever

The tend to do well in cold weather partly because they produce more of the lanolin-like substance than many other breeds that coats their fur to shed water and keep warmer [that's partly why they seem to smell a little more "dog-ish" to some people]. [Lanolin/grease/fat/vaseline can be used to prevent some skin frost bite in people, of course it works for dogs too.]

*The area was populated with small water dogs, who, when bred with Newfoundlands, produced a breed referred to as the St. John's Water Dog, a prototype for the Lab of today. http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/labrador-retriever/detail/#history

Lab’s have a “Double-Coat”, meaning they have two layers of fur: a top layer called the Guard coat (sometimes called Top coat) that is slightly more “wiry” and abrasive. Underneath you'll find a softer and lighter under-layer called the Undercoat. Combined these layers are used to regulate body temperature, protect from harmful UV rays, repel water, and protect their skin.

The undercoat is a fantastic insulator, and you've probably guessed that it keeps them warm in the colder months.

Labrador’s undercoat has natural oil secretions among their thick undercoat that repels water and keeps their skin dry. https://www.playbarkrun.com/labrador-retriever-coat/

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312 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Snow is actually a great insulator. They tell you to if you're ever lost in the wilderness in the winter, build a big a mound as big as you can and tunnel in. Your body heat will do the rest.

268 points · 6 months ago

I remember they taught us that at school... I live in Mexico, I've seen snow twice in my life.

141 points · 6 months ago

They taught abstinence-only sex education at my middle school where each year, an 8th grader would get pregnant like clockwork.

Same concept I feel.

That teacher was consistent.

Jesus christ.

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33 points · 6 months ago

I learned this when I tried to cool off 5 gallons of boiling wort by sitting it outside in the snow. It melted into the snow pile and surrounded itself in a snow blanket. Thing stayed close to 185 degrees for the next hour.

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Great life tip!

Some young adults dug into a snowbank at the US Open Snowboarding competition and a machine came, didn't know they were there, and dumped snow on top of their shelter. Collapsed the snowbank and they died in there inside their sleeping bags. Happened at Stratton Mountain ski resort in VT. Story here.

As for insulation, the ability of snow to act as an insulator is directly related to how much air is in the snow. Compressed snow will not insulate as well as looser snow. A snowbank, like from a plow, is compressed to some degree and the insulating properties are compromised. The dog likely survived because of the type of snow he was trapped in.

Well some compression has to happen in order for the mound to not collapse. They recommend you mound it up and it naturally becomes somewhat compressed - similar to what would happen in a snow bank.

and yeah - not a good idea to do this unless you are in the wilderness and have no shelter, or you make sure you're doing it in an area where people are aware you're doing it.

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Some young adults dug into a snowbank at the US Open Snowboarding competition and a machine came, didn't know they were there, and dumped snow on top of their shelter.

Probably safe to assume that if you get lost in wilderness a machine won't drive up to you and dump snow on you.

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720 points · 6 months ago

I used to live by a river, and every year someone would die jumping in the river to save their dog. And every time the dog would swim out alone and unharmed. Tough beasts.

294 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Jesus! You should really put a sign.

“Your dog will be fine, don’t jump in the water to save it”

Edit: grammar

I messed up your vs you’re

122 points · 6 months ago

What about all the people offended because you're calling them a dog?

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51 points · 6 months ago

If my dog was struggling in a freezing river, seeing a sign would definitely not stop me.

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23 points · 6 months ago

And/or a webcam.

/s

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Think I'd prefer a death like that over jumping in after a dog in a boiling hot spring. Better to not even put yourself in a position like that though or at least take enough precautions that the risk of your dog jumping in are as minimal as can be.

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18 points · 6 months ago

I knew a family that had a female German Shepherd. The wife took her out in the yard where they had a pond and the dog chased a bird onto the pond and fell through the ice. The woman jumped into the pond to save her and was also stuck, then the man came out to save them both and he too died in the pond. All 3 of them died in the pond and their bodies werent found for over a week. Sad sad sad. Always be careful with ice or bodies of water in general. And please no matter how emotional it is don't make the situation worse by getting yourself stuck too. Call emergency services and get help that way instead. Saving 5 minutes but also killing yourself isnt a worthy trade. Be safe.

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Wait, it's an old dog AND a lab?

Dog was probably like "Well that was refreshing, but if you will just move some kibble over here I'm due for another multiday snowbank nap."

Years later a DNA test discovers it wasn’t the same dog

111 points · 6 months ago

They never found the real dog. They assume she was shot into space at a ridiculously fast rate due to a concentrated nuclear blast.

Years later it was found the dog was just a heavy city manhole cover all this time.

Meta

8 points · 6 months ago

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I feel like i've missed this one..

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700 dog years later*

This is some tasty meta

Now all we need is a sepia filter and a red box around the dog

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Jinxy!

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When I was young I heard the story of how the band Three Dog Night got its name. In Alaska sled dog mushers would sleep under the snow for insulation from the wind and extreme cold. The dogs would also do this. The humans usually slept in the same hole as a dog to share warmth. If it was extremely cold they'd sleep with two dogs. The coldest nights they slept with three, and that is where the name Three Dog Night came from. It was a story that made the rounds and I've never verified this since the internet didn't exist in the 1960's. EDIT: So I had to Google it. Evidently the story I heard was partly right. The internet says it came from Australia but did confirm that it referred to very cold nights when you needed three dogs to keep you warm. I didn't know they had sled dogs in Australia.

One is the loneliest number one is the loneliest high note one is the loneliest number

...excuse me.

They were iconic and part of the fabric of my teen years. I think Easy To Be Hard of their second album was my favorite but it is hard to choose.

That’s a good one. Family of man, best Three dog night song in my opinion

I always thought "Three dog night" was a terrible cold night where you had to have that many dogs sleep in the bed with you (in your house) to stay warm. In some scenario where you don't have enough heat already.

Something something the movie The Thing.

"Se til helvete og kom dere vekk. Det er ikke en bikkje, det er en slags ting! Det imiterer en bikkje, det er ikke virkelig! KOM DERE VEKK IDIOTER!!"

You tried, Google. I can tell you tried to make it English:

"Look at hell and get away. It's not a tick, it's a kind of thing! It imitates a tick, it's not really! COME THAT WEEK IDIOTS !!"

I'm guessing the last bit is something along the lines of "Get out of there idiots"?

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Genuinely curious who translated the original line back in '82

One of the few movies they actually hired a Norwegian actor to say something in Norwegian correctly.

say something in Norwegian correctly

IMPOSSIBLE

Is that legal?

6 points · 6 months ago

I will make it legal

Or, since this is Maine: Cujo

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HOLY SHIT THAT IS SO CUTE!!!

Why not just post the original source? IT EVEN GIVES IT TO YOU in the link provided.

http://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/local/207/dog-missing-for-five-days-found-buried-in-snow-alive/97-506944568

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If it takes forever, I will wait for you

For a thousand winters, I will wait for you

You're a monster

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I’m guessing the snow kept them insulated, which is why they didn’t freeze.

30 points · 6 months ago

Healthy Labrador retrievers are known to have great insulating undercoat and water proof oily outer coat. They were bred to retrieve waterfowl and fishing nets in the cold coastal waters of the North Atlantic.

14 points · 6 months ago

So that’s why my lab is always oily... never knew that!

Could be why... unless you live on the gulf coast perhaps :p

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10 points · 6 months ago

dont mean to be rude but can you explain why would you call a dog they instead of she? not native english speaker :\

them is a gender neutral pronoun, used when the sex/gender of someone/something is unknown, ambiguous, or not male or female

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The vast majority of English speakers would say “the dog” rather than “they” in that sentence if they didn’t know the sex of the dog. That comment was not necessarily wrong, but it was oddly written.

EDIT: Some people would say “it.”

"They" "it" are genderless terms. So, if you weren't sure what gender the subject of the sentence is, you would use "they" or "it" instead of "he" or "she"

English has no gender-neutral pronoun so some people use "they" even if the noun is singular.

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So for the real question: Did the family accidently bury her while plowing?

9 points · 6 months ago

Aha! The story did say she was found down the road. The person plowing would have been creating deep banks of snow. The dog would not have wandered into a bank over her head. I think the probability is high that they buried the poor pup while plowing.

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That's what I'm wondering too. I'm not sure whether "wandered off" in this case means we plowed our damn dog and nobody noticed.

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4 points · 6 months ago

it has to be this. how else could the dog have gotten stuck so badly in the snow bank?

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11 points · 6 months ago

Thank god! She's a cutie pie!

A snowbank huh? Tellers must be frozen.

I G L O O B O Y E

In sioux falls there was a boxer that was missing for a week and was found. She survived -20F degrees and no food. She dug a hole and still had on her sweater that was put on her shortly before she left. There was a facebook page dedicated to her, finding Lola, which is now Loving Lola.

Here's one of our local new stories on it.

Here's another local new story on it as well

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When asked, he said, quote “I was just sniffing around”

Dog was insulated. Lots of air in snow. Had water from snow. Internal fat stores used for calories. She did burn through a few pounds to stay warm. Her health must have been very good as well. Good ending.

My husky back in the 80s would spend all winter outside in the cold in Ontario, Canada, never wanting to come in from the cold. Just to eat and get a drink. She would dig herself a hole in the snow and just relax all night long. If you brought her inside she would just whine to go back outside. That dog loved the snow and cold. I’m happy they found their dog.

I assume the dog wasn't buried for the whole 5 days. The owners said they had thoroughly searched the area where the dog was found, so to me it sounds like the dog was only in the snow bank for one day at most. It likely was wandering around and wound up falling into the snow and not being able to get out

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Aww so some dogs have 9 lives too thankfully

how many dog years is that? :(

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