Karina Chikitova is a toddler and she lives in the Sakha Republic in Siberia with her family and their dog, Naida. The place that Karina lives in is a remote area and it is a wilderness. It has extreme climates and vast tundras.
While playing with Naida, Karina found herself in the wilderness. Her goal was to follow her father who went to the woods. But since she didn’t know where her father went, Karina and Naida got lost.
It took her parents four days to report that Karina was missing since they didn’t have any telephones where they lived. The authorities and the locals thought that a young girl like Karina would not survive the wilderness, especially with many bears living there. The weather can also get extreme.
The authorities and the locals helped look for the little girl. For days, they did nothing but search for her. After one week, everybody was already thinking about the worst things that could have happened. It has been that long and Karina is only three years old.
On the 11th day, Naida was spotted. Those who saw her were surprised and sad at the same time since it was only the dog and no Karina.
But hope sprung for everyone when Naida acted as if she wanted them to follow. People followed the dog and it was a good thing that they did because they were able to find Karina!
Karina was lying on a bed made from grass which they believed was a creation of Naida. She had bites from insects and was thinner. She was also dehydrated so she had to go to the hospital and stay there for days.
Karina talked about how Naida helped her be safe. There were wild animals and Naida took it upon herself to shoo them away. Naida also kept the little girl warm during the cold nights.