During a severe blizzard in Villas, New Jersey, 11-year old Andrea Anderson was blown into a large snowdrift about 40 feet from her home. Disoriented, blinded by the blowing 60 mile per hour winds full of snow, she began to scream for help.
Villa, a 1-year old black Newfoundland puppy belonging to Mrs. Lynda Veit, heard Andrea’s cries. Villa leaped over a 5 foot fence surrounding her, and ran 80 feet to the snowdrift, found Andrea, and licked her face. Then Villa circled the girl to clear the snow entrapping her. Once Andrea was free, Villa cleared a path for her through the blinding snow, and led her to the front door of Andrea’s house.
Villa was Ken-L Ration Dog of the Year in 1983.