Dog Saves Woman From Freezing In Wild Alaskan Tundra

Could you survive in the frigid Alaskan wilderness for three whole days?

Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Psalm 54:4

When Vivian and Scott Mayo decided to go on a vacation to their cabin deep in the Alaskan wilderness, they had no idea what they were in for. They settled comfortably in with their dog and some essentials, but after a few days, Scott decided to venture out and check on a few traps he had set. When he didn’t return that evening, Vivian began to worry.


Vivian decided to take matters into her own hands, so she bundled up, grabbed her dog, and set out on her snowmobile in search of Scott. Deep into her search though, her snowmobile became lodged in a drift, and unable to move it herself, she was stuck in the unforgiving elements.

For three whole days, Vivian and Elvis huddled together and were finally discovered. When the troopers found her, she was in desperate need of medical attention, and suffering from hypothermia. Megan Peters, spokeswoman for the troopers, said that the dog likely helped Vivian preserve her precious body heat. “It really did help save her life,” Peters says, “Elvis is a little hero.”

Shortly after Vivian’s rescue the troopers found Scott huddled by a small fire and much better off than his wife. The couple and their heroic dog were finally reunited later in the hospital, and are now counting their blessings!