When I read this story in People Magazine, I knew I had to share it for those, like me, who never caught it on the news during the past month. I got this from People's Pets web site (January 5, 2010):
A heroic golden retriever appropriately named Angel is recuperating
after bravely stepping in when a cougar viciously attacked her
11-year-old owner. The beloved family pet has become an instant
celebrity, while citizens in her native Canada — and around the world —
are praying for her full recovery.
"We’re really lucky that he
was saved by an Angel, because that’s exactly what it was. There’s no
other word for it," said Jay Forman, father of 11-year-old Austin
Forman, the Today show reports.
The drama began Saturday
night when Austin walked outside his family’s home in Boston Bar, B.C.,
to gather firewood. Almost immediately — and out of nowhere — a cougar
began charging at him at top speed. But before the creature pounced,
Angel stepped in to save the day.
"The dog obviously knew
something was up because she ran toward me just at the right time and
the cougar ended up getting her instead," said Austin.
and shaken, Austin ran inside for help, and the family listened in
anguish as Angel and the cougar battled it out. "(She was) whining and
making noises like we never heard before. We knew that cougar was
killing our dog," said Austin’s mom, Sherri.
called 911. Chad Gravelle, a constable for the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police, made it over to the home just in time: He shot the cougar
seemingly moments before it would have delivered its final blow to a
"The cougar had its mouth over top of the
dog’s mouth trying to suffocate it, blood all over the animal," said
Travis Comkin, Austin’s cousin, who was also at the house at the time of
the attack. "And out of nowhere the dog breathes a gasp of air – just,
like, comes back from being dead and goes 'ahh,' and spits out blood.
And I’m looking at her and holding her and I’m like, 'she’s going to be
all right, you guys.' "
Angel’s injuries were serious — her
skull was fractured and she sustained puncture wounds to her head and
back leg— but she pulled through a successful surgery on Monday and is
expected to make a complete recovery.
Angel may head home as
early as Tuesday afternoon, and Austin told Matt Lauer he already has a
reward ready for his "best friend": "I bought her a big, nice juicy
If Poppet tried to save me from a cougar (and she probably would as she doesn't know she's only 9 lbs), I'm afraid she would end up a quick snack.