'Guardian angel' dog rescues deaf woman who slipped down Alaskan hiking trail

"I told him several times that I love him. And I'll never forget him," said 21-year-old Amelia Milling of her furry companion.
"I told him several times that I love him. And I'll never forget him," said 21-year-old Amelia Milling of her furry companion. Photo credit: Facebook / Alaska State Troopers

A deaf woman has praised a dog for coming to her rescue after she fell down a hiking trail in Alaska. 

Amelia Milling, 21, fell about 180 metres down the side of a mountain last Monday, ending up battered and bruised. But fortunately for her, a husky dog named Nanook came to her rescue. 

Ms Milling told the Anchorage Daily News she realised the dog was a trail guide by the tag on his collar.

She has described the dog as her "guardian angel", recalling how Nanook accompanied her on her journey - even staying outside her tent where she camped during the night. 

Nanook even came to Ms Milling's aid again when she fell into an icy river. The husky grabbed one of her backpack's shoulder straps in his jaws and with Ms Milling pushing herself out of the water, the pair managed to get her back on dry land.

The pair was found by Alaska State Troopers the following day, before they were airlifted from the area. 

Nanook was soon returned to his owner, Scott Swift, who lives just a few kilometres from the hiking trail. Interestingly, he said it's the second time the dog has rescued someone from drowning in the river. 

Ms Milling said she showered the dog with affection on their journey to safety. 

"I told him several times that I love him. And I'll never forget him," she told The Democrat.

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