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[–]Sumit316 6240 points6241 points  (321 children)

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.

[–]jonarchy 1750 points1751 points  (119 children)

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.

[–]stankbucket 2388 points2389 points  (42 children)

His lack of fur didn't help.

[–]aazav 800 points801 points  (22 children)

Never shave, people.

[–]chocolatemaggot 411 points412 points  (15 children)

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

[–]tehpenguins 74 points75 points  (0 children)

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

[–]numismatic_nightmare 113 points114 points  (4 children)

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.

[–]DUMBLEDOGE_HYPE 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Yeah you tell em!

immotdrunkiswear

[–]fragilelyon 8 points9 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]MisterWharf 340 points341 points  (18 children)

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

[–]svetambara 169 points170 points  (14 children)

Also alcohol accelerates hypothermia

[–]barsoapguy 35 points36 points  (11 children)

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

[–]haffa30 42 points43 points  (10 children)

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

[–]BoiledFrogs 22 points23 points  (9 children)

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.

[–]IndieCredentials 21 points22 points  (2 children)

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.

[–]my_main_I_promise 11 points12 points  (1 child)

It's a peripheral vasodilator.

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

[–]boredguy12 11 points12 points  (0 children)

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

[–]jonarchy 58 points59 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]RepletesMaryJane 21 points22 points  (4 children)

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.

[–]KakkaKarrot 23 points24 points  (3 children)

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

[–]d2beto 59 points60 points  (13 children)

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

[–]amidoingitright15 30 points31 points  (5 children)

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

[–]ehboobooo 15 points16 points  (3 children)

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.

[–]x777x777x 4 points5 points  (2 children)

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

[–]tmacnb 6 points7 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]Steel_Forged 4 points5 points  (0 children)

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

[–]Taylor555212 548 points549 points  (162 children)

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.

[–]Novabreaker 182 points183 points  (161 children)

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

[–]RazorSprinter 136 points137 points  (77 children)

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

[–]thisismybirthday 67 points68 points  (35 children)

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

[–]Ntro524 210 points211 points  (8 children)

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

[–]_skank_hunt42 130 points131 points  (4 children)

This guy igloos.

[–]vermiliondit 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Do you just keep packing snow on the outside then? Do they just keep growing larger and larger?

[–]MiltownKBs 38 points39 points  (21 children)

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.

[–]spermface 7 points8 points  (2 children)

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

[–]thisismybirthday 10 points11 points  (16 children)

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!"

[–]MiltownKBs 18 points19 points  (15 children)

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

[–]jitspadawan 27 points28 points  (2 children)

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

[–]thrsxs 12 points13 points  (0 children)

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

[–]Boobieleeswagger 30 points31 points  (5 children)

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

[–]LordMudkip 15 points16 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]amidoingitright15 15 points16 points  (5 children)

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

[–]vaaaare 8 points9 points  (0 children)

But warming up consumes calories, not water...

[–]cummerou1 12 points13 points  (11 children)

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.

[–]Mitosis 10 points11 points  (4 children)

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.

[–]el_padlina 3 points4 points  (3 children)

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

[–]Taylor555212 59 points60 points  (50 children)

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!

[–]EDIT_thanks4thegold 93 points94 points  (48 children)

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

[–]quakerschill 104 points105 points  (45 children)

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.

[–]Mechakoopa 138 points139 points  (7 children)

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"

[–]Echo8me 26 points27 points  (5 children)

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

[–]JungianPantheist 36 points37 points  (3 children)

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

[–]ReadingCorrectly 16 points17 points  (0 children)

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

[–]DidYouSayBitcoin 3 points4 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]mysticrudnin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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

[–]aspbergerinparadise 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]jackwoww 41 points42 points  (4 children)

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

[–]aazav 28 points29 points  (1 child)

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

[–]Maverick8787 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Asking the key questions here

[–]indecisivegiraffe 23 points24 points  (4 children)

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

[–]aazav 24 points25 points  (1 child)

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

[–]indecisivegiraffe 16 points17 points  (0 children)

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

[–]lokilokigram 2 points3 points  (1 child)

This deserves a longer comment.

[–]indecisivegiraffe 5 points6 points  (0 children)

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

[–]Ruin_In_The_Dark 5 points6 points  (0 children)

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

[–]yeasurewhateverokay 1686 points1687 points  (116 children)

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.

[–]Iamamansass 519 points520 points  (60 children)

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

[–]FartIntoMyButt 459 points460 points  (49 children)

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

[–]Iamamansass 152 points153 points  (3 children)

We do not discuss this here!

[–]FartIntoMyButt 3 points4 points  (0 children)

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

[–]doctatortuga 59 points60 points  (24 children)

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

[–]yeasurewhateverokay 130 points131 points  (16 children)

The mist

[–]doctatortuga 71 points72 points  (10 children)

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

[–]Gh0st1y 12 points13 points  (8 children)

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

[–]DimLitFuture 8 points9 points  (2 children)

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

[–]Gh0st1y 4 points5 points  (0 children)

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

[–]Nobody_home 6 points7 points  (4 children)

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

[–]Run_like_Jesuss 14 points15 points  (6 children)

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

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

[–]doctatortuga 7 points8 points  (5 children)

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.

[–]Run_like_Jesuss 5 points6 points  (2 children)

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

[–]doctatortuga 8 points9 points  (1 child)

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

[–]ZeroFourFortyFive 3 points4 points  (0 children)

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

[–]doglywolf 4 points5 points  (5 children)

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

[–]hamms30 4 points5 points  (0 children)

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

[–]Lelentos 8 points9 points  (0 children)

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

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    [–]yeasurewhateverokay 28 points29 points  (8 children)

    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

    [–]fonduman 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    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?"

    [–]Sinnyboo242 7 points8 points  (5 children)

    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

    [–]yeasurewhateverokay 25 points26 points  (0 children)

    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

    [–]badhed 11 points12 points  (2 children)

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

    [–]sterlingcartman6969 5 points6 points  (1 child)

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

    [–]BubblesForBrains 5 points6 points  (1 child)

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

    [–]olympic-lurker 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    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 :)

    [–]aazav 12 points13 points  (8 children)

    What the hell is a pibble?

    [–]MadBodhi 8 points9 points  (4 children)

    It's a cutesy way to say pit bill.

    [–]d2beto 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Pit bull.

    [–]NapClub 11 points12 points  (1 child)

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

    [–]BeaversAreTasty 337 points338 points  (27 children)

    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.)

    [–]Heliolord 28 points29 points  (10 children)

    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.

    [–]BeaversAreTasty 30 points31 points  (6 children)

    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!

    [–]corgibutt19 21 points22 points  (4 children)

    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.

    [–]BeaversAreTasty 15 points16 points  (3 children)

    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.

    [–]corgibutt19 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    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.

    [–]Norwegian__Blue 56 points57 points  (7 children)

    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.

    [–]BeaversAreTasty 32 points33 points  (1 child)

    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.

    [–]Salt_Salesman 13 points14 points  (2 children)

    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.

    [–]ChihuahuawithBoombox 3 points4 points  (1 child)

    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.

    [–]M_Russell_Blowhard 9 points10 points  (4 children)

    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.

    [–]publius-esquire 3 points4 points  (0 children)

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

    [–]dogGirl666 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    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/

    [–]yukonwanderer 307 points308 points  (36 children)

    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.

    [–]upcoraul 270 points271 points  (10 children)

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

    [–]manstop 138 points139 points  (6 children)

    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.

    [–]HotCarls 36 points37 points  (1 child)

    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.

    [–]Precip1816 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    Great life tip!

    [–]MiltownKBs 20 points21 points  (4 children)

    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.

    [–]yukonwanderer 10 points11 points  (1 child)

    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.

    [–]leafivhip44 10 points11 points  (1 child)

    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.

    [–]SandmanD2 711 points712 points  (29 children)

    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.

    [–]Nikkistar01 297 points298 points  (14 children)

    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

    [–]fonduman 121 points122 points  (6 children)

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

    [–]NYG10 49 points50 points  (1 child)

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

    [–]I_am_up_to_something 17 points18 points  (4 children)

    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.

    [–]MannKR 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    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.

    [–]TryingSquirrel 67 points68 points  (0 children)

    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."

    [–]IStoleyoursoxs 431 points432 points  (24 children)

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

    [–]VONZ87 115 points116 points  (1 child)

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

    [–]GrizzzlyPanda 39 points40 points  (0 children)

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

    [–]Bryvayne 17 points18 points  (0 children)

    700 dog years later*

    [–]TheLofty1 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    This is some tasty meta

    [–]puljujarvifan 6 points7 points  (2 children)

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

    [–]BrontanamoBay 85 points86 points  (12 children)

    Something something the movie The Thing.

    [–]HattedSandwich 35 points36 points  (9 children)

    "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!!"

    [–]Spock_Rocket 21 points22 points  (4 children)

    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 !!"

    [–]AFAIKIDCAM 9 points10 points  (2 children)

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

    [–]HattedSandwich 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Genuinely curious who translated the original line back in '82

    [–]FriendoftheDork 22 points23 points  (3 children)

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

    [–]Hatesandwicher 15 points16 points  (2 children)

    say something in Norwegian correctly

    IMPOSSIBLE

    [–]fonduman 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Is that legal?

    [–]bboy7 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    I will make it legal

    [–]Cottidae 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Or, since this is Maine: Cujo

    [–]phil8248 44 points45 points  (4 children)

    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.

    [–]BeerRanger75 9 points10 points  (2 children)

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

    ...excuse me.

    [–]phil8248 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    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.

    [–]BeerRanger75 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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

    [–]WeepingSomnabulist 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    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.

    [–]spiritualgorila 34 points35 points  (4 children)

    If it takes forever, I will wait for you

    For a thousand winters, I will wait for you

    [–]Man_With_A_Shoe 26 points27 points  (20 children)

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

    [–]cthulu0 30 points31 points  (12 children)

    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.

    [–]d2beto 14 points15 points  (10 children)

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

    [–]famousevan 6 points7 points  (4 children)

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

    [–]kros141 7 points8 points  (6 children)

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

    [–]aster_rrrr 16 points17 points  (0 children)

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

    [–]tuskvarner 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    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.”

    [–]elizabeththebazile 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    "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"

    [–]The_MAZZTer 3 points4 points  (0 children)

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

    [–]SpunTheOne 11 points12 points  (4 children)

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

    [–]badhed 6 points7 points  (1 child)

    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.

    [–]Searchlights 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    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.

    [–]AintFraidaNoDownvote 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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

    [–]CritiqueMyGrammar 4 points5 points  (3 children)

    Malware on this shitty scam site.

    [–]Pax56 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    Thank god! She's a cutie pie!

    [–]DontSleep1131 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    A snowbank huh? Tellers must be frozen.

    [–]x3MTA3x 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    I G L O O B O Y E

    [–]wapless 5 points6 points  (2 children)

    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

    [–]BeerRanger75 3 points4 points  (0 children)

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

    [–]ElectricTaser 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    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.

    [–]creeldeel 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    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.

    [–]QueenBea_ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    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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    [–]RAEIndustries 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Aww so some dogs have 9 lives too thankfully

    [–]brayshizzle 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    how many dog years is that? :(