Wednesday, October 11, 2006

This dog saved a boy's life ....

Read this article that I found about a very brave dog.

Lost Boy is Kept Alive by His Friend’s Dog

Steven and Ethan, ages 9 and 8, were friends out on an adventure with Steven’s dog, Elmo, a 4-year-old Labrador/Collie mix. But their fun outing turned into a nightmare when they found themselves trapped in a swamp. Lost and frightened, Ethan became entangled in brush and mud. A terrified Steven ventured off in search of help. Eventually emerging from the woods, wet up to his shoulders and shivering from the cold, Steven made his way home. Elmo, possibly sensing that Ethan was in worse danger, remained in the woods with him rather than follow his owner home. Elmo remained by Ethan's side providing warmth and comfort, which would save the young boy's life. Local police and their canine unit, a helicopter, fire team and community volunteers all started a search for Ethan. With no sign of him as night fell, the search and rescue team contemplated suspending rescue efforts. In a final attempt before darkness set in, a firefighter saw a pair of eyes in the light. A shivering Elmo and a nearly unconscious Ethan were discovered. Suffering from hypothermia, paramedics rushed Ethan to the hospital for treatment. Throughout the ordeal, Elmo refused to leave Ethan's side, led him away from danger and kept him warm and awake. The police believed that Ethan's survival was a direct result of Elmo's heroic actions.

Wow! What a hero!


Roxie, Sammy, Andy and Shermie said...

Wow! is right. What a great story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Roxie, Sammy & Andy

Toby said...

Hi Cooper!~ Nice to meet you. Oh yah, u asked me what kinda of surgery i had to have. Well, the Docs suspected that I might have had a liver shunt...but the good news is I don't!!! Still, I had to have the surgery to rule it out.


Elizabeth said...

It's too bad that humans can't have the level of devotion and compassion that dogs can have.

Lulu spent all afternoon by my side since I was home from work with a migraine. She didn't even remind me that it was past her dinner time.

Sunshade said... sure is amazing what we, men's best friends are willing to do for our masters!!

Good Dog Elmo, Good Dog!

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

Hana said...

Dogs (us) are just the best, aren't we!!

Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

What a great story - a true meaning of "man's best friend". Thanks for posting it Copper.