START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good
3,366,605 people care about Animal Welfare

Puppy Protects 3-Year-Old Lost for 11 Days in Bear Country

Puppy Protects 3-Year-Old Lost for 11 Days in Bear Country

Never underestimate the power of a puppy. A three-year-old girl who had spent 11 days in a Siberian forest has been rescued after her puppy helped lead rescuers to her.

In the remote Sakha Republic, a place that is home to many bears and wolves, Karina Chikitova was discovered huddled in tall grass after wandering from her home on July 29th. The girl and her dog had reportedly followed her father as he left their home in Olom, but she got lost along the way.

It's a miracle that Karina survived the elements and potential predators.

Karina seems to have stayed alive on river water and berries with the puppy by her side. With overnight temperatures dipping dangerously low, her family felt that her only chance of survival was that she may be huddled with her dog for warmth. But two days before Karina’s rescue, the dog suddenly appeared back home — without the girl.

“That was the moment when our hearts sank, because we thought at least with her dog Karina had chances to survive — nights in Yakutia are cold and some areas have already gone into minus temperatures,” said Afanasiy Nikolayev, spokesman for the Sakha Republic Rescue Service. “If she was to hug her puppy, we thought, this would have given her a chance to stay warm during nights and survive. So when her dog came back we thought ‘that’s it’ –even if she was alive — and chances were slim — now she would have definitely lost all hopes. Our hearts truly and deeply sank.”

But the puppy turned out to be Karina’s only hope at survival, and he helped lead rescuers to her location where she was awake and alert, although very thin. Karina is now recovering from her ordeal in the hospital and doctors will work to help her regain her strength.

Read more: , ,

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it


+ add your own
3:55AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

I'm so glad the little was found but I would have liked to see her puppy that saved her. The puppy is big part of the story why didn't they show her with her puppy? I love this story because this same thing happened to me when I was 6 years old. Our beagle Cindy led my father, brothers & cousins to me when I was lost in the woods upstate N.Y.

8:20AM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

What a heart warming story, I only wish they had shown her with her dog who saved her life.

6:15AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Great story. Thanks.

6:55PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

Heartwarming to see the team that had assembled to find her. Wished they had shown the child with the dog that saved her life!

4:59PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

Oh what a wonderful world we would have if people were just like some animals. Why did the dog come home and directed the parents to the place where he had left the little girl. I think even Cesar Millan has no answer to that question. One should think that they should have stick together. After having kept her warm and safe from other wild animals, he simply goes home to get help. This is wonderful. I have always been a doggylover, and this story confirms my great admiration for dogs. Of course I will receive some comments that some dogs also have bitten kids to death. Yes, I can not deny this. But the behaviour of a dog is fully in hands of his owner. Thanks to Care2 we also see some good things happening in this world.

2:00PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

Good dog. Glad child &dog are safe.

12:29PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

What a wonderful story...Kudos to the PUPPY...I love DOGGIES!!!!

10:54AM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

Thank you

7:32AM PDT on Aug 24, 2014


6:32AM PDT on Aug 24, 2014


add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

Care2 - Be Extraordinary - Start a Care2 Petition
ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

While I disagree with the need for a death penalty at all, I must say that a swift beheading is more…

Batya B. I sent you a green star for your comments but I do disagree with you on one point. I think supporting…

Kate R.: I think you need to expand your comment. I don't think I've read anything on this sight…

meet our writers

Lindsay Spangler Lindsay Spangler is a Web Editor and Producer for Care2 Causes. A recent UCLA graduate, she lives in... more
ads keep care2 free

more from causes

Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.