Retriever Saves Boy from Cougar
A British Columbia boy is alive today thanks to the actions of the family dog. Angel, as the dog is aptly named, fought off a cougar that was preparing to attack 11 year old Austin in the family backyard.
Read the whole story here. Excerpt below –
The way Lloyd Forman sees it, his 11-year-old grandson was saved by an Angel.
That’s the retriever who protected young Austin from a charging cougar during a bloody, against-all-odds confrontation Saturday in the tiny British Columbia community of Boston Bar, about 200 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.
“The cougar came (from) about five feet away and made a big jump (at Austin),” Forman said Sunday.
“The dog jumped in between and took on the cougar.”
Austin was in his family’s backyard collecting firewood with his dog when the cougar appeared.
The cougar charged toward the boy, but Angel stepped in and fought off the large cat while Austin ran inside and other family members frantically called for help.
Forman, 72, was sitting down to a bowl of homemade borscht soup when the telephone rang. It was the boy’s mother.
“They phoned here; the cougar was eating the dog alive, they figured. I said, ’Phone 911,’” Forman recalled. “Fortunately, he (the nearest RCMP officer) was a minute away.”
When the officer arrived, the cougar had Angel under the porch with its teeth around the dog’s neck. The Mountie fired several shots, killing the cougar.
The dog was injured, but is expected to recover. Austin wasn’t hurt.
If ever a dog deserved extra biscuits, that dog would be Angel.
Good dog! Maybe they’ll feed her a little more now – she looks like she could use some extra groceries to deal with that kind of winter weather….
I suspect the mountain lion was after the dog all along. But what I love about this is that the panicky adults first called their _parents_ [who sensibly told them to call 911]. Not that I’ve ever done that in an emergency. Nope, not me.