FORESTHILL, Calif. – A California man died in the snow, but his dog refused to leave his side, remaining with the man’s body until deputies arrived.
David Glenn Deshon, 69, of Foresthill, went missing during a powerful winter storm on Jan. 28, The Sacramento Bee reported. His body was found two days later, 100 yards from a neighbor’s home, according to a news release from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
One of Deshon’s two dogs, named Baby Dog, stayed on the man’s chest to keep him warm, according to his daughter, Shona Deshon.
“He didn’t die alone,” Shona Deshon told KOVR. “He didn’t die alone at all.”
Shona Deshon said she believes her father’s car got stuck in the snow, and he tried to hike home with his dogs.
“He tried to hike up 200 feet that way, but I guess (he) decided ‘No’ and came back and went down the road and hiked up the hill,” she said. “You can see his tracks in the snow.”
According to the sheriff’s office, the dog refused to move when David Deshon’s body was found. Deputies had to ask a neighbor, who knew the dog, to get him to move away, KOVR reported.
“The dog would not let the rescuers, the sheriff, anybody near my dad,” Shona Deshon told CNN. “So they had to go get a gentleman who lives on the property that knows Baby Dog, so they can go get my dad and bring him to me,” Deshon said.
The other dog, Buddy, was later found near a neighbor’s home, KOVR reported. Both were taken to the Placer County Animal Services facility, and Buddy was being treated with antibiotics.
Shona Deshon said she is unable to take both dogs because her fence blew down during the last storm.
“I just feel like I need to take Baby Dog because he is part of my dad now,” Shona Deshon told KOVR.
Buddy will be available for adoption, she said.