The Inspiring Story of Three Dogs Who Helped A Dog Walker Survive Two Nights Lost In The Woods

An incredible survival story has a happy ending thanks to dogs

By Catalina Barrios


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This story is an example of survival and strength. It shows the difference a dog can make in your life. When you become a dog owner, you quickly learn how loyal and loving a dog is. They will do anything they can to protect you.

This was the case for Annette Poitras who, thanks to the three dogs she was walking, was able to survive two nights lost in the woods.


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Annette was walking in the woods of Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, near where she lives, with three dogs: a Collie named Chloe, a Boxer named Roxy and a Puggle named Bubba. In a remote area, rarely frequented by hikers, she suddenly slipped and hurt her back and side. She heard a helicopter pass by but was unable to signal to it.


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What the dogs did for her is unbelievable!


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Marcel Poitras (center), Annette’s husband, said the dogs helped his wife stay alive. You may be wondering, “what about her cellphone?” Unfortunately, Annette lost her cellphone when she fell. Marcel said one of the dog was the guard, another one searched for food and the third one cuddled Annette to keep her warm.


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Marcel said that when Roxy, one of the dogs, got too cold, Annette took off one of her rain jackets to help Roxy stay warm. What a beautiful act of kindness. Annette wanted to make sure the dogs were safe and the dogs’ priority was protecting their dog walker. Around 300 volunteers in British Columbia searched for Annette during three days in rough weather, but thankfully after a long and exhaustive search, Annette and the dogs were found following a tip from a hiker.

“The dogs lit up and started barking extensively, so we knew were on the right path and we got a team over to her to assess her,” said Al Hurley, manager of Coquitlam Search and Rescue. Captain Michael McLaughlin from the Coquitlam RCMP advises anyone who enjoys hiking to be prepared with food, a charged cellphone, and light because conditions quickly change in the mountains.


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Marcel said Annette is doing much better adding even though she didn’t broke any bones, she is in a lot of pain and has started physiotherapy sessions. The dogs are feeling great and have been reunited with their owners. Annette had no idea people were looking for her, and hoping for her return during those two nights in the cold and rain.

Tina Presley, Bubba’s owner, said to CTV News, “Thank you everybody who saved this woman. You have no idea how much this means to all of us. These people are incredible.”


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Annette’s story is definitely a wonderful example of how much love and support dogs give us. McLaughlin said dogs can go days without food and is amazed by how well dogs can handle difficult situations.

We wish Annette a speedy recovery in physio!