Loyal Dog Stays by Owner's Dead Body Searchers find golden retriever in 'protective stance' to fend off scavengers By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 7, 2014 11:57 AM CDT 29 comments Comments Lizard Head peak in Colorado. (Stutterstock) (Newser) – A search team in Colorado found the body of a missing 81-year-old skier Saturday, but they had to get by his loyal golden retriever Buddy first, reports ABC Denver. The dog was described in the sheriff's report as being in a "protective state," apparently guarding the body of Robert Blake from scavengers, particularly coyotes seen in the area the previous night, reports the Durango Herald. Blake was reported missing the day before; he had been cross-country skiing at Lizard Head Pass and appears to have died from natural causes. A helicopter crashed during the search, but all four occupants walked away uninjured. Buddy, meanwhile, is back home with Blake's family.