Boy's Dog Saves Him from Cougar Attack
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A dog belonging to an 11-year-old Canadian boy gave new meaning to the cliche "man's best friend" after it ran into the path of a charging cougar and saved the boy's life.
Austin Forman of Boston Bar, British Columbia, was gathering firewood in his backyard Jan. 2 when his golden retriever, Angel, started acting strangely, according to CBC News. Angel followed his owner to and from the woodshed for several minutes, and then suddenly leaped over a lawn mower and right into the path of a cougar poised to attack.
The startled boy says his only thought was for his beloved dog.
"I knew at that moment that I would have to go get help, otherwise [Angel] wouldn't have any hope," Austin tells CBC News.
As the dog bravely fought the cougar, Austin's mom called 911. When authorities arrived, they found the cougar chewing on Angel's neck. An officer shot and killed the cougar instantly. The dog suffered puncture wounds on her neck, chest and hind quarters but is resting comfortably at home with her master.
Austin, who was unscathed in the attack, says he feels very lucky.
"If it wasn't for my dog, I don't think I would be here," he tells CBC News. "She was my best friend, but now she's more than a best friend -- she's like my guardian now."
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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.