Sometimes angels appear in our lives in the most unsuspecting guises, and if ever there were a dog more appropriately named, it is Angel the Golden Retriever. Angel belongs to an 11 year-old boy named Austin, who loves in a small town not far from Vancouver. Austin was in his back yard collecting firewood when he was attacked by a cougar. Angel leapt into action and threw herself between the boy and the cougar. Sherri Forman, Austin's mother, said her son was outside with Angel around 5:30 p.m. gathering firewood from their backyard. She explained that Angel normally runs around and plays when she is outside, but on this afternoon she was behaving differently.
"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," Forman told CNN. In hindsight she realizes that Angel was protecting her son from an unseen danger. "She intercepted the cougar," Forman said. "Austin came into the house very upset, and I had to get him to calm down so I could understand what he was saying. Finally he said 'there's a cougar eating Angel.'"
Angel and the cougar fought under the family's deck, while Austin's mother called 911 for help. An RCMP constable was in the area and able to make it to their home and kill the cougar quickly. Forman said when her nephew pulled the cougar's body off Angel, who at first appeared fatally injured, the dog sucked in a "big breath of air and then got up." Ever the protector, Angel "walked to Austin, sniffed him to make sure he was alright, then sat down." Despite receiving a few deep bites and scratches Angel's prognosis is good. ... CNN
Okay, I know what you're thinking -- we have encroached on these wild animals' territories. The minute humankind climbed out of the trees and stood upright on the ground, we were encroaching on some other creature's territory. Cougars are magnificent animals. Where I lived on Vancouver Island, we had cougars in our back yard. For the most part, we have learned to live in harmony with these animals, as they have learned to live in harmony with us -- until they decide to have an 11 year-old boy for dinner. Thank goodness that little boy's Angel was looking after him.