Like most 21-year-old's Amelia Milling is fearless. She also didn't think anything unusual would happen when she set out for a hike through Crow Pass Trail in Chugach State Park, nearly 30 miles outside of Anchorage, Alaska.
But like all things in life you just never know when disaster is about to strike. Amelia is deaf and was about four miles into her hike when her relaxing hike suddenly took a turn for the worse.
One of Amelia's trekking poles suddenly snapped causing her to lose balance and fall. She fell 300 feet down a snowy portion of the mountain when she suddenly hit a large boulder before sliding another 300 to 400 feet further down.
Amelia was injured and as she sat herself up to inspect her injuries she suddenly caught sight of what appeared to be a large white wolf. Panic set in until the ‘wolf' made it's way closer and she suddenly realized the animal had a collar around its neck, which meant it was someone's dog.
Instantly, she knew this white husky dog was there to help her.
The dog's collar read Nanook, so she and Nanook started back on the trail before stopping to make camp overnight. The dog never left her side and she'd later find out that Nanook is actually a trail guide dog.
The next day, within 24 hours of Amelia's fall she set out to cross a river but the current was too strong and was dragging her under. Things didn't look good for the frightened hiker – but her furry friend wasn't about to let Amelia give up.
Nanook grabbed ahold of her backpack strap to pull her out and lifted with all of his might. Sure enough, she managed to pull herself above the thrashing current! When she got back on land she pulled out her SPOT beacon, a GPS device to alert rescuers of her location, and the Alaska State Troopers rushed to her aid.
Amelia thanks Nanook and the state troopers for saving her but above all calls the dog her hero for never leaving her side. Had it not been for the dog she doesn't know if she would have had the strength to get up and try to get to safety.
When Nanook's owners were notified of the dog's location they were shocked he'd wandered so far away from home but apparently, this isn't the first time he's saved a life. He once saved a little girl caught in the river, too!
It seems as though Nanook has one courageous soul!