Angel, a golden retriever from Boston Bar, British Columbia, lived up to her name Saturday, January 2 when she stepped between a charging cougar and 11-year-old Austin Forman.
Austin was gathering firewood with Angel in his family’s backyard at around 5:30 p.m., unaware of the approaching danger. Angel, however, must have sensed the need to protect the boy.
Sherri Forman, Austin’s mother, said that her son had noticed Angel behaving differently. She told CNN, “He had come in at one point to tell me how cute Angel was being because she was sticking pretty close to him in the yard, which was unusual for her.”
When the cougar charged, Angel intercepted it, allowing Austin to run to the safety of his house unharmed and alert his mother of the attack. Sherri called 911 and Chad Gravelle, a constable for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, arrived in time to incapacitate the cougar and rush Angel to a vet, where she underwent surgery for serious puncture wounds to her head, neck and back leg. She is expected to make a full recovery.
Austin isn’t taking his guardian angel for granted. He knows that if it hadn’t been for Angel, he might not be alive today. —Joy Schmoll