Superdog Boz woke up as a hero yesterday after staying by the side of his owner for two nights before guiding rescuers to him with a series of barks.
Mark Corrie, 74, left home on Saturday morning to take the black Labrador for a walk in some local woods.
But his wife Patricia raised the alarm when he had failed to turn up by lunchtime.
Mark, who has health problems, was eventually found at noon on Monday after walkers heard Boz barking for help and alerted emergency services.
Patricia, 72, of Greenhill, Brampton in Cumbria, said: "Boz is a star. He's so loyal to Mark and they always look after each other, as this has proved.
"People have been so wonderful, everyone seemed worried about Mark but they never gave up looking for him and I'll be eternally grateful for that. Who knows what would have happened if Boz hadn't been with him."
Mark - rescued on his 74th birthday - was not hurt, only dehydrated from two days without food and water. He was stretchered off Cumrew Fell, near Brampton, by mountain rescue team members after a 100-strong search team helped look for him.