Paralyzed in a snowy ditch, the 7-month-old dog was getting increasingly more difficult for rescuers to find.
"Her body heat had actually created a hole in the snow," Amber Perry of the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS), tells The Dodo. "She was deep down in the snow. So she was hard to see when they were coming back to look for her."
In the end, the puppy spent about 12 hours in a cradle of snow on Saturday - with a broken pelvis and hidden in the tall grasses along a road in Alberta, Canada.
And, despite her ordeal, the dog, who would be named Nutmeg, was lucky anyone came along that quiet country road at all.
It turned out a couple of teenagers spotted her on their way to a skateboard park. They called authorities, who, in turn, called a local organization called Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force.
Then, for a while longer, everyone had to search again for the puppy who kept sinking deeper into the snow.
"With all the grass and everything, she was quite camouflaged," Perry explains.
When Nutmeg was finally found, the relief went both ways.
"She was very approachable, but she was unable to move her back end," Perry says. "She was wagging her tail a little bit."