With their great sense of direction and resistance to cold, the Saint Bernard’s have been saving people in the mountains since the 18th century, according to Smithsonian Magazine. They were first raised by monks living at the Saint Bernard Pass, a dangerous route through the Alps connecting Italy and Switzerland, to aid them in rescue missions after heavy snowstorms. Over a period of nearly 200 years, the dogs have saved around 2,000 people, according to the magazine.
But on Friday night it was a 121-pound St. Bernard named Daisy who needed to be rescued from Scafell Pike in North West England after showing signs of pain in his rear legs and refusing to move. .
The rescue operation took a total of five hours and 16 members of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team.
“Daisy’s owners were able to keep her well hydrated and fed until team members could get to the scene with a stretcher to help them move quickly as the weather was expected to deteriorate later in the evening. The rescue team said in a statement.
Noting that Daisy “had a rough start in life until she was” rescued “by her current owners a few months ago,” the rescue team said Daisy has since been returned to her ” usual good morale ”.
“She apparently feels a little guilty and slightly embarrassed to drop the image of her cousins bouncing on alpine snows with barrels of brandy around their necks,” the rescue team joked.