A tiny terrier is being heralded a hero, and indeed womans best friend, by its owner after she said the dog saved her and two friends from a falling tree in Goldstream park on Monday.
Langford resident Lydia Bigras, 61, took her four-year-old Australian terrier, Roo, for a hike with two friends at Goldstream Provincial Park on Monday afternoon.
We went to see the salmon running, said Bigras. We were headed towards the cars when we spotted a smaller trail following the river.
The group decided to follow the trail with the hope of getting a good view of the running salmon.
All of a sudden, my dog stops flat and starts sniffing and pawing at the ground by a large fern, Bigras said. Thats when the action began.
Roo raised his head. Before we knew it, he did a spin around and ran back, pulling me behind him, she said.
Within seconds, Bigras and her friends saw a cedar tree fall across the creek toward them.
I heard Lydia scream and we moved back, said her friend Yves Savard. It was a humongous tree.
Bigras and Roo were closest to the falling tree. She was scratched on the face and neck by its branches, with minor injuries made worse by an allergy to cedar.
It was like a disaster movie. It felt like it was all happening in slow motion, she said, estimating the tree to be 15 to 20 metres tall. Bigras believes Roo saw or sensed the danger of the falling tree and acted to save her and her friends.
It was remarkable. I cant imagine what would have happened otherwise.
Savard said he was too far back to see exactly what happened with Roo, Bigras and the falling tree but is thankful they averted disaster.
As for Roo, he is gaining accolades on the International Australian Facebook page and, of course, extra treats at home.
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