His body temperature helped the rescue team detect Kim and managed to keep her alive, who had begun developing symptoms of hypothermia.
The woman was then transferred to a nearby hospital and is now recovering from the ordeal.
A South Chungcheong Provincial Government official explained: “Baekgu didn’t leave the elderly woman’s side, not even for a moment. Baekgu played a critical role in saving the grandmother who is suffering from dementia. Therefore, we decided to bestow the title of the honorary rescue dog.”
A police official also explained: “The reason the elderly woman who is in her 90s was able to survive for 40 hours is that the dog did not leave its owner’s side and kept her temperature from falling.”
Baekgu has since been hailed a hero by the people of South Korea, who was awarded for loyalty and courageous efforts on September 6.
A ceremony was held for the four-legged pet where crowds gathered to see Baekgu presented with a cake, crown and a floral garland.