Dog Found Guarding his Deceased Owner in the Snow

69-year-old David Deshon was reported missing by his daughter Shona last month. Two days later, a Placer County, CA, sheriff’s deputy found his body in the snow. It is a heartbreaking end to a valiant rescue effort, but Deshon’s family members take comfort in realizing that he was not alone in his remaining moments.


Deshon’s beloved dogs, 10-year-old Buddy and 5-year-old Baby Dog, remained by his side throughout the ordeal. Even after her owner died, Baby Dog refused to leave him, lying protectively over Deshon’s body while Buddy made his way to a neighbor’s house.

One Loyal Friend

When rescuers arrived, they were unable to get Baby Dog to give up Deshon’s remains until a trusted neighbor was brought in.

Shona believes her father’s car got stuck when he tried to drive through an extreme snowstorm. Deshon and the canines tried to walk home, but were lost and disoriented.

Now, 10-year-old Buddy and 5-year-old Baby Dog are starting over. Each have been taken to the Placer County Animal Services shelter to recover from their ordeal. As soon as word spread of their heroism, the county received calls from good Samaritans around the world. Some offered to take over one or both canines, others donated to care for them. A donor from Ohio paid for each canine’s adoption charges and supplies.

This week Baby Dog got to meet his new family. Deschon’s daughter Shona can’t look after the canines herself, but is happy that Baby Dog is going home with the next best thing her neighbors!

Starting Over

Lisa Lomeli and her husband Lawrence picked up their new pup from the Placer County Animal Services shelter Tuesday. Baby Dog was a little nervous at first, but soon he was accustomed to the couple. All the gentle neck scratches have undoubtedly helped!


Lomeli believes this is the right arrangement for everyone. Baby Dog will get an exquisite new home, Deshon’s family can still stay in his life, and Lomeli’s ailing mother will get a brand-new pooch to like.

“I told her [Shona] that this is like a perfect, genuine story because my mother has been fighting cancer for a year and is just finishing her chemo,” Lomeli told WRAL News. “She lost her lab a year ago and has been solitary.”


While Baby Dog is settling in well, Buddy is still unable to find his perfect home. As an overweight senior, he could prove to be a difficult placement. Help Buddy discover his happy ending by sharing this story!


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