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INCREDIBLE RESCUE OF ELDERLY COUPLE BY HEROIC WOLF DOG
Dog Heirs, Where Dogs Are Family ^ | Jan 26, 2012 | Martha

Posted on 10/20/2013 4:28:22 PM PDT by SatinDoll

[This story is an oldie but goodie and takes place in New York State}

There are plenty of stories of dogs performing acts of heroism, saving their guardians from house fires, wild animals and other dangers. But the story of Shana, a wolf and German Shepherd mix and her rescue of Eve and Norman Fertig one fall night, stands out as one of the most remarkable acts of loyalty and heroic bravery of a dog, ever.

Back in 2006, the Fertigs, both 81 years old, were tending to the injured animals in their forested animal sanctuary in Alden, New York as part of their nightly routine when a massive storm hit suddenly. The power went out in their aviary and Eve realized something was wrong. They went outside to see what was happening and saw trees toppling and heavy snow falling. The couple was unprepared for the elements as neither had warm clothes on since it had just been a clear, crisp fall day just a few hours ago. Exposed to the freezing cold, they hugged each other for warmth as temperatures dropped rapidly and trees continued to fall around them. Said Eve, "I wasn't prepared for this … I thought, 'we're trapped, we're absolutely trapped,'" Eve said.

Shana and the FertigsThe Fertigs huddled in a narrow alley between their hospital building and the aviary, where they were sheltered from falling trees. But they couldn't climb over the trees without injuring themselves, and the path to their home was blocked by the collapsed trees. She turned to her husband and said, 'Norman, we can't stay here, we'll die." Luckily they had Shana with them.

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(Excerpt) Read more at dogheirs.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animalsanctuary; blizzard; evefertig; fertig; nystate; wolfdog
For all you doggie lovers out there in Free Republic, this is one REALLY brave and smart dog.

See photos of 160 pound Shana at the source.

1 posted on 10/20/2013 4:28:22 PM PDT by SatinDoll
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To: SatinDoll; Joe 6-pack

ping


2 posted on 10/20/2013 4:32:00 PM PDT by Mears (Liberalism is the art ot being easily offended.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

Computer Hope

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3 posted on 10/20/2013 4:33:56 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: SatinDoll
Shana then came back and barked at them to follow her. At first Norm was reluctant: "I had enough in Okinawa in a foxhole," referring to his service in World War II. Eve retorted "'Norman, if you do not follow me, I will get a divorce,'" Married for 62 years the words caught Norm’s attention. "That did it. He said, 'a divorce? That would scandal our family.' I said, 'all of our family is dead, Norman!'"

The couple sound like people with a sense of humor.

4 posted on 10/20/2013 4:37:20 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: SatinDoll

5 posted on 10/20/2013 4:41:30 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Incredible story. The loyalty of a good dog is amazing.


6 posted on 10/20/2013 4:48:01 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Joe 6-pack

Wow. I don’t recall ever reading that, but today is a day for happy tears, so I’m glad to read about it. Thanks!


7 posted on 10/20/2013 4:51:45 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Someone please, help me! I just washed my tagline and can't do a thing with it!)
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To: Joe 6-pack; onyx

jUST INCREDIBLE!!!

Good Doggie!!!!

What a lovely couple!the doggie was a female and probably rescued them like she would have if they were her “pups”> ha.


8 posted on 10/20/2013 4:52:28 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Joe 6-pack; All

No one will ever convince me that dogs aren’t our Spirit Guides (Love, Faith, Courage, & Joy) & Guardian Angels.

Thanks for the Ping, Joe!
(Heh. Didja see the sidebar about bed hogs or bed dogs? Going back to read it.)


9 posted on 10/20/2013 4:53:29 PM PDT by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: ansel12

They do, don’t they!


10 posted on 10/20/2013 5:00:37 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: SatinDoll

Great dog and family.


11 posted on 10/20/2013 5:06:28 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SatinDoll
Hasn't missed a meal in a while - Yikes
12 posted on 10/20/2013 5:31:18 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: SatinDoll

That is absofrickinlutely awesome.

God sends dog angels to us all the time.


13 posted on 10/20/2013 5:34:52 PM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: KGeorge

14 posted on 10/20/2013 5:36:06 PM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Thanks for the pic.


15 posted on 10/20/2013 6:02:43 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: Salamander

They could have saddled that beast up and ridden her out!

Good doggie!


16 posted on 10/20/2013 6:04:03 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: nuconvert

Yes, she may be overweight, but with such thick-coated dogs it is hard to judge until you sink your hands through their fur to feel their bones. I suspect Shana needs to diet.

Thanks for the pic.

(There is a horse rescue in the State of Washington that rescued two miniature horses. At first they didn’t look neglected, as they had thick winter coats, but under all that hair they turned out to be very, very thin. You just can’t always tell without checking thoroughly.)


17 posted on 10/20/2013 6:07:57 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

That dog is 160 pounds of love.


18 posted on 10/20/2013 6:10:17 PM PDT by Flick Lives (The U.S. is dead to me.)
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To: Flick Lives

She is a sweetie, but huge!


19 posted on 10/20/2013 6:11:23 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Joe 6-pack

Looks like a pure GSD in this photo, abet an overweight one.


20 posted on 10/20/2013 6:17:46 PM PDT by chrisinoc
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To: SatinDoll

Awwwwww! And they say that you can never tame, or trust, a wolf-dog! That just proves that “they” don’t know what they are talking about.


21 posted on 10/20/2013 6:31:31 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SatinDoll

“Shana, a wolf and German Shepherd”

OMG, MY greatest-ever-known dog was my Shana, albeit definitely purebred German Shepherd.


22 posted on 10/20/2013 7:03:59 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: chrisinoc

Definitely looks pure. You can’t tell if she’s overweight, though. She may be a little old.


23 posted on 10/20/2013 7:04:33 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Doesn’t look like anything but a German Shepherd, period, frankly. The wolf genes didn’t show through, except maybe in size (which I doubt 160, even obese).


24 posted on 10/20/2013 7:08:28 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: SatinDoll

Actually I think I remember this story at the time it happened.

I don’t understand here if the dog and owners are still alive!


25 posted on 10/20/2013 7:10:08 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

For most of my life I’ve been afraid of wolves and German Shepherds. That is, until my best friend got a wonderful GSD. Now I love them.

Today I got into a little mischief. I spotted a wandering black & tan coon hound in my back yard and called her up to the house to see if she had a name and a phone number on her collar. She did. Turns out that she lives in the subdivision next to me, and her family picked her up as soon as we called. The owner didn’t even ask why we were calling. He just said, “Do you have my dog?”

Ellie was in my house about 10 minutes, but I gave her some chicken jerky that was left over from my Golden Retriever who crassed the Rainbow Bridge in February. She went NUTS over the jerky, and I gave her owner the whole bag to take home.

After she was gone, I realized that she’ll probably be back tomorrow looking for more jerky. I shouldn’t have done that, but she really liked it.


26 posted on 10/20/2013 7:27:48 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SatinDoll
Good dog!! My little guy (Yorkie terrorist) is only about 3lbs, but he's as loyal and protective of me as if he weighed 200 lbs.

Most people try to make their dogs more like people. I think the point of having a dog is to be more like them.

27 posted on 10/20/2013 8:24:10 PM PDT by texgal (end no-fault divorce laws return DUE PROCESS & EQUAL PROTECTION to ALL citizens))
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I think the headroom was probably too low...:D

Her “weight” may have given her the extra inertial boost necessary to haul them both out.

A 60 pound dog could’na done it unless it was a pulling breed like a Pit.

:]


28 posted on 10/20/2013 8:34:55 PM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: SatinDoll

Good doggie, I used to go camping about 5 miles from them.


29 posted on 10/21/2013 2:41:37 AM PDT by verga (Si hoc legere scis, nimium eruditionis)
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To: Salamander

:waves at Sal:


30 posted on 10/21/2013 9:32:38 AM PDT by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: Salamander

She looks like a big, beautiful girl, but there’s one thing I fear about dogs like her...they all seem to have a self image confusion with 8 lb Yorkies or Chis, and believe themselves lapdogs!


31 posted on 10/21/2013 11:52:07 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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To: SatinDoll

The Fertigs “sowed” when they rescued the tiny, sick puppy from the puppy mill and they “reaped” in their hour of need when that puppy paid them back for all their years of loving care.


32 posted on 10/21/2013 12:07:35 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: texgal

Wonderful opinion. Thanks!


33 posted on 10/21/2013 12:09:16 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: Salamander

I’ve got a 56 pound yellow Lab that could pull a truck. Muscled like a little draft horse, not an ounce of fat on her. But she’s about to lose her girlish figure - puppies in December (assuming the breeding takes).


34 posted on 10/21/2013 1:48:45 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: KGeorge

;]


35 posted on 10/21/2013 2:51:51 PM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: Fire_on_High

Odin is still a hundred pound upside-down-lap-puppy.

He probably always will be.

[and I’m gonna need hip replacements, eventually]

;D


36 posted on 10/21/2013 2:52:56 PM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: AnAmericanMother

A brawny, well built working type Lab is sort of a ‘pulling’ dog.

Any of the barrel chested, chunky breeds would fit.

I was thinking more on the lines of Border Collies and such...narrower, less stocky dogs.

Normally I wouldn’t consider GSDs for pulling due to the hind quarter angulation issues so this dog’s extra weight might very well have been what made the difference.

Dos used for pulling competition tend to be the short-backed, stocky breeds.

Hope your breeding takes!

:)


37 posted on 10/21/2013 2:58:03 PM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: Salamander
Thanks! She's a bit long in the body and leg for a true working type - but her muscles stand out all over her.
38 posted on 10/22/2013 7:41:21 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: AnAmericanMother

She’s a beauty!

[been snoopin’ around yer page]

;]


39 posted on 10/22/2013 10:19:38 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: nuconvert
An is unlikely to ever miss a meal... LOL...

"I will have my top sirloin, RARE, thank you!" :)
40 posted on 10/22/2013 11:22:38 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Salamander
Thanks! Yours are very nice too!

Even if I had to scroll past a lot of Alice to get to them (my husband really likes Cooper. I'm not a modern music fan - modern being anything after about 1802) :-)

41 posted on 10/22/2013 3:15:12 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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