This gorgeous rescue doggy is named Flo. She’s a 4-year-old Border Collie who serves as a rescue dog for the Edale Mountain Rescue Team, one of the busiest mountain rescue teams in the UK.
Flo is just one of many brave rescue dogs that go through over 100 days of training to find and recover people who get lost while walking or climbing in the wilderness.
Earlier this month, her rescue organization posted a video to Twitter that showed part of her training, in which she was recorded burying through snow to rescue her trainer in a simulation. The video has since attracted millions of views across social media, and looking at these screen caps, it's not hard to see why!
Flo’s rescuee was a volunteer who had buried himself in the snow as part of a training exercise to see how fast the dog could find him - and Flo passed her test with flying colors.
As you can see, from the volunteer’s perspective, being buried under the snow is a pretty scary experience, in which people can often feel helpless. Thankfully, there are wonderful beings like Flo out there who save lives year in, year out.
On the Edale Mountain rescue team website, her trainers call Flo “an extremely intelligent, confident young dog with remarkable work ethic and drive.”
That certainly seems to be true, judging by the amazing footage! With human rescuers picking up her bark hot on the trail, she gets in there to make breathing room for the person trapped in the snow.
While it’s safe to say none of us would choose to be suck in an avalanche, many Twitter followers could imagine being rescued by Flo or one of her fellow trainees:
And while all of the dogs at the mountain rescue are brave and adorable, Flo does stand out “for her unusually tall upright ears” – making her look as if she's standing at attention at all times.
This video was taken from a simulation, but Flo has plenty of real-life experience in rescue missions already. Since she became qualified to become a formal rescue dog in January, she’s already been a part of 30 calls for missing persons.
And here are some of her distinguished colleagues:
According to the umbrella organization Mountain Rescue Search Dogs, their rescue dogs are trained in “non-discriminatory air scenting,” which means they are not given the scent of a particular person, but search for any human scent in the air and track them down in the wilderness. The organization says that while there are other ways of training, they’ve found this to be the most effective.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again - we don't deserve dogs, but thank goodness we do have them in our lives.
You can watch the full video of Flo's rescue below.
Good girl, Flo! I'm sure you and your doggy friends will be rescuing grateful souls for many years to come.
If you would like to donate to Flo's rescue organization, you can do so here.