Cowboy's Rescue


It was a cold morning in late winter of 2009. Cowboy, a Great Pyrenees dog, was in the pasture barking as he worked to keep predators far away from his flock of sheep. His hips had been bothering him lately, but that didn’t stop him from patrolling around the perimeter. At the far end of the field, he found the snow had crusted over where it was drifted high against the fence.

“Great!” he thought, “Now I can really teach those coyotes to stay further away from my sheep.”  And he made his way over the fence and out of the field. He followed the coyote scent through woods, across the road, and down to the stream.

Unfortunately, when crossing the stream, the ice gave way and Cowboy landed into the frigid rushing waters. His legs were tired to begin with and could not support his weight to climb back up onto the ice. He also tried biting at the ice ledge to pull himself up, but that didn’t work either.

He looked way up towards the road, and hoped help would come his way.

As luck would have it, young Maisy was looking down at the stream as she was heading to school that morning. The dog’s eyes met hers and she knew she had to do something to help. Her grandparents and dad were sent to the rescue. Another watchful neighbor, Tom, also spotted the stranded dog on his way to work. He parked his car, and made his way down to the stream and into the water to aid in the rescue.

Cowboy made a slow but steady recovery after his rescue that morning, and is back in the barn with the flock of sheep and the other guard dogs.

With all the bad news in the world today, How nice it is to live in a town where people look out for each other, and don’t hesitate to help those in need.