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The tragedy killed everyone except Sako, a King-Shepherd who has been with the family since he was a puppy, and Phillips-Garcia. Without the dog things would have been even worse.
The teen was in bad shape with broken bones, and Sako kept him warm through the night.
Then, the dog helped him drag himself to a creek to get water - and fought off a pack of coyotes. Faithful Sako stayed with his human until a search team found them forty hours later, and without him, Phillips-Garcia would hardly be alive today.
Sako's faithfulness and heroism was recently awarded by a medal, and he has been inducted in the Hall of Fame.
~ Maria Sadowski ~