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Dog tunnels through snow to save owners

Postby admin » Tue Dec 05, 2006 8:47 pm

A seven year old German Shepherd - Timberwolf mixed dog named Shana is quite a canine hero in Alden as the story spreads of her efforts to save her owners during the October surprise storm.

Eve and Norman Fertig, who are both 81 years old, were out treating injured birds in the Wildlife Sanctuary on their Alden property on the night of October 12th. They left as the storm intensified but, were soon trapped by falling trees and heavy snow as they tried to walk back to their home. Eve realized they could die in the bitter cold but, fortunately, Shana was with them.

As the cold and snow chilled them both without heavy coats and gloves, Shana started digging under the snow and trees.

For more on the canine hero, click on the video link to the right.

The dog actually dug a foot wide tunnel about 20 feet to the home.

Shana barked but, the couple hesitated, so they say the dog came back and tugged on Eve's jacket. She says the 160 pound dog actually pulled her onto its broad back and crawled through the tunnel. Her husband held on as well as they slowly crawled all the way back to their home. They made it back to the back deck, opened their door and fell in to the house exhausted but safe.
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Postby MaryTR52 » Wed Dec 06, 2006 1:18 am

What an uplifting story! Thanks for sharing this, admin. There is no shortage of bad news, so it's always nice to see some good news for a change :)
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Postby etowah » Wed Dec 06, 2006 9:55 pm

Thanks for that story, admin. What a brave and smart dog!
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