by Bethany Meissner
If you were lost and disoriented in cold woods at night, you might wish for a hero to keep you warm and safe. If your wish were granted, you might get a hero half as helpful and friendly as Max, the dog who saved a lost camper in northeastern Mexico in late July.
According to The Dodo, Juan Heriberto Trevino, age 14, got separated from his camping group. While collecting wood in the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range, Juan fell into a ravine. Luckily Max had followed Juan from camp and went down into the ravine with him so he wouldn’t be alone.
Max, a friendly Labrador Retriever, had met Juan earlier at camp. Now, he was Juan’s only companion in dark, cold woods. The pair found shelter under a tree while Juan prayed to be found.
Mountains get chilly at night and it’s easy for lost adventurers to suffer from hypothermia. The deputy director of Civil Protection of Nuevo Leon told Mexnoticas that, due to the severe cold at night in the mountains, “The boy was lucky to find the dog.” Juan shared with Noticieros Televisa how he “hugged” Max to keep warm during the night.
Providing cuddly warmth wasn’t the only way that Max kept Juan safe. The following day, the two tried to find their way back to camp. The terrain was difficult with many cacti. When Juan began to feel thirsty, Max showed him a puddle from which they were both able to drink.
After 44 hours alone in the mountains, the two were found by a search party and their difficult adventure had a happy ending. Juan’s family wanted to adopt Max, but he already has a home with a family near the camp.
Juan told Televisa that he knew “the dog walked with me to help me survive.” Let’s hope we’re all lucky enough to have such a dog like Max walk with us when we need help.