Saturday night was a scary night that could have been much worse for an 11-year-old British Columbia, Canada boy if not for the courage of his faithful family dog, Angel. Austin Forman was outside with Angel, an 18-month-old Golden Retriever, getting some wood when he saw something charging at him.
“I was really scared. At first, I didn’t know it was a cougar. I thought it was another dog,” Austin said. “As soon as it went underneath the light, I saw that it was a cougar. I knew at that moment, I had to go inside.”
Before the cougar could reach Austin, Angel reacted and took on the cougar giving Austin a chance to get to safety. Austin ran into the house screaming, “A cougar is eating Angel!”
When his parents understood what was happening they couldn’t see anything but they could hear Angel whimpering in pain. They called 911 and within a minute RCMP Const. Chad Gravelle arrived and it didn’t take him long to take in the situation with Angel trapped under the steps with the cougar mauling her unmercifully.
There was no time to waste, the dog’s head was in the cougar’s mouth, Gravelle got off two shots at the cougar’s hind quarters but that didn’t stop the attack so he closed in and shot the cougar again, killing it. Angel’s head still in the cougar’s mouth, no doubt the family feared the worst but after a few moments Angel got up and shook it off.
Thanks to Angel, Austin is fine, albeit shaken and Angel survived her encounter with the cougar with just some minor injuries and is being cared for. Thanks to RCMP Const. Chad Gravelle, the Forman family’s furry hero is safe.