A wonderful park ranger made a herculean effort to save the life of a German Shepherd who’d been afflicted with heatstroke while out on a hike.
The pup and his pet-parent were enjoying a hike on Mt. Tammany together when the pup began overheating.
The pup soon lost the ability to move, and simply laid on the ground, panting.
A group of hikers came across the distressed owner and the ill pup, and quickly rushed to help them, but there was little they could do.
The hikers offered the pup their water, but things were not looking good for the poor pup.
The small amount of water they had would not be enough to get the pup’s temperature down enough to save the dog’s life.
They needed a miracle, and luckily they got one – in the shape of K. Salapek.
Salapek is a mountain ranger, and when he was made aware of the emergency situation, he quickly jumped to action.
Salapek knew that there was a cold stream further down the mountain, and if he could just get the pup there, he might be able to cool it down.
And so, Salapek hoisted the 100-pound German Shepherd onto his shoulders and began the arduous journey down.
When he reached the stream, Salapek placed the exhausted pup on the ground and carefully began pouring water over it.
By doing that, Salapek managed to cool the pup down enough to survive the remaining journey.
After cooling the pup down, Salapek once again hoisted the massive pup onto his shoulders and continued the trek down.
The trail was tough, rocky, and long, and the 100 pounds of dog pushing down on him must have felt like lead, but Salapek just soldiered on.
All he could think about was getting the dog down and saving its life.
And after a long and strenuous journey down, Salapek finally reached the foot of the mountain.
The pup got the care it needed and survived the terrible ordeal – all thanks to Salapek’s heroic effort.
Now, the pup is safe at home, and his family is forever grateful to Salapek.
There aren’t many people who would have had the strength and determination that Salapek showed that day on the mountain, and he’s nothing short of a hero.