87-year-old woman credits neighbor's dog for saving her life after she fell in below-zero temperatures

Hope Schreiber
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An 87-year-old woman credit’s her neighbor’s dog, Midnight, with saving her life after she fell in her yard in below zero temperatures. (Photo: CBS Minnesota)
An 87-year-old woman credit’s her neighbor’s dog, Midnight, with saving her life after she fell in her yard in below zero temperatures. (Photo: CBS Minnesota)

An 87-year-old woman is crediting her neighbor’s 4-year-old black Lab mix with saving her life during last week’s dangerously cold temperatures.

Tim Curfman was taking out his garbage last Monday in Alexandria, Minnesota, with his dog Midnight when Curfman felt that she was trying to tell him something.

“She had her ears perked up looking at me,” Curfman told CBS Minnesota. “She doesn’t normally do that. Sometimes you get that feeling something’s up.”

Curfman paid attention to how his dog was acting and followed her to a spot on the other side of his house. There, he found his 87-year-old neighbor, Noreen, lying in the snow. She had been attempting to fill her bird feeder when she fell.

“We figured she was out there at least a half an hour,” Curfman told the news outlet. “She could not have gotten up because her gloves had gotten wet and she didn’t have enough strength in her fingers to push herself up. Nothing around the corner to get up and get a hold of either.”

Noreen, who didn’t have serious injuries, was lucky to avoid frostbite. The temperature was one degree below zero, but Curfman and Midnight were able to locate her quickly.

Curfman helped his neighbor up from the snow and into her home, where his wife helped the elderly woman get into dry clothes.

Noreen told the news outlet that Midnight definitely saved her life.

“We’ve been very proud of [Midnight] because it’s not every dog that pays attention to things like this,” said Curfman. “And she got so many treats it was a shame.”

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