Written by Matt

So, here’s your heartwarming story of the day: a golden retriever named Angel saved an 11-year-old boy from a mountain lion in Canada. Austin Forman was gathering firewood in his back yard this weekend when the cougar attacked.

angel“She intercepted the cougar,” [Sherri] 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. A 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]

I admit, my lip might have quivered a little bit when I found out Angel was gonna be okay. I also appreciate that for once “cougar” actually means “cougar” and not “aging single woman dating younger men.” Because you don’t want them going after 11-year-olds.


The World’s Bravest Dog“She is my guardian angel,” says 11-year-old Austin Forman of his brave Golden Retriever, Angel. She saved his life and got some horrific scars battling a vicious cougar.The drama unfolded as Austin was bringing in firewood. Suddenly, he was attacked by the hungry cougar. The 18-month old dog bravely battled the cougar beneath some stairs; the bloodstains are still visible.”I didn’t know what was going to happen to her if she was going to live or not because Angel’s head was right in the cougar’s mouth,” exclaimed Austin.

Austin’s mom called the police, who shot the cougar at close range.  Angel was unconscious, but miraculously, she came around on her own.

“Even though she was hurt, she made sure I was okay after this all happened,” said Austin.

Angel was sent to recover at an animal hospital near Vancouver, Canada after surgery. Austin can’t wait to be reunited with his guardian angel.

“She saved my life,” Austin tells INSIDE EDITION. He will always be grateful to his guardian Angel.

Angel is the Golden Retriever many are calling the bravest dog in the world after she saved an 11-year-old boy from a cougar attack.

11-year-old Austin Forman was bringing in firewood when he was nearly attacked by a cougar. Luckily his dog saved his life.

A cougar could have killed 11-year-old Austin Forman outside his home, but his dog jumped in to fight off the animal.

Dog Saves 11-Year-Old Boy from Cougar Attack

(File photo)  When a cougar tried to pounce on a young boy, Angel the golden retriever jumped directly into the big cat’s path and bore the brunt of the attack.

APRIL 29, 2010

Laura T. Coffey, MSNBC

When a hungry cougar came calling, an 11-year-old boy named Austin Forman had Angel on his side.

It happened on a dark Sunday evening in British Columbia, Canada, when Austin went outside to collect wood for his family’s wood-burning furnace. He noticed that Angel, his happy-go-lucky golden retriever, was acting much more cautious and guarded than usual. Within moments, a cougar tried to pounce on Austin from less than 10 feet away. Angel jumped directly into the big cat’s path and bore the brunt of the attack instead.

“She was my best friend, but now she’s even greater to me. She’s more than a best friend now,” Austin said after the attack, which almost certainly would have killed Angel if a local police constable hadn’t managed to shoot the cougar.

The 18-month-old dog had surgery to repair extensive injuries to her head. “I was just lucky my dog was there, because it happened so fast I wouldn’t have known what hit me,” Austin said. “I bought her a big, nice juicy steak.”

Angel to the Rescue

She Saved Her Young Owner from a Cougar—and Almost Died. Now This Brave Retriever Gets a Hero’s Homecoming

By Johnny Dodd

Eight days after his dog, Angel, saved his life, 11-year-old Austin Forman was missing her terribly. The golden retriever was at the vet, recuperating from wounds incurred when she leapt between Austin and a wild cougar in their backyard in rural Boston Bar, British Columbia. But he wasn’t allowed to visit the family pet because, says his mom, Sherri, “she’s so excitable” that she might have jumped up and reinjured herself. Adds Austin: “We call her the kangaroo.”

When Angel came home Jan. 9, she made good on her nickname and—despite bruises, stitches, staples and over two dozen puncture wounds from the attack—happily leaped up to greet the boy whose life she nearly gave up her own to protect. Says Sherri, 39, who has raised five children in this remote community: “She has a spirit unlike any animal I have seen.”

It was an emotional moment after a week of tributes that included worldwide headlines and the announcement of an upcoming award ceremony from the tiny town’s police force. “She’s pretty much the bravest dog I’ve ever seen,” says Royal Canadian Mounted Police constable Chad Gravelle, who arrived on the scene minutes after 18-month-old Angel put herself in the path of the cougar as it charged at Austin. The sixth grader, who had been loading firewood into a wheelbarrow, sprinted into his house while his mother phoned 911. Then the family watched helplessly as the big cat mauled their pet. Gravelle shot the cougar, then pried Angel’s seemingly lifeless head from its jaws. No one expected the heroic dog to live, but “the next thing we knew, she sucked this big breath of air in and started coughing out blood,” recalls Sherri.

Now neighbors are stopping by with bones, homemade dog treats and get-well notes. “My grandpa just finished building her a doghouse with an insulated floor,” says Austin. “She’s going to be spoiled rotten from now on.”
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Golden Retriever Saves Boy in Cougar Attack

On Saturday, a dog named Angel saved the life of her 11-year-old owner, defending him in a cougar attack.

By Kathryn Hawkins. Posted on January 04 2010

Austin Forman’s Golden Retriever, Angel, lived up to her name on Saturday.

While the eleven-year-old boy was out hauling firewood back to his family’s home in Boston Bar, British Columbia, he and his pet dog came face-to-face with a wild cougar. The giant cat began lunging towards Austin when the Golden Retriever intercepted, throwing herself in front of the cougar’s claws.

“I was about five feet away from the basement door and she had run toward me and that’s when the cougar had attacked her and brought her under the stairs,” Austin told The Vancouver Province. “It was coming after me and Angel intercepted. The cougar grabbed Angel.”

Terrified for himself and his dog, Austin ran inside screaming for help. Austin’s mother, Sherri Forman, immediately called 911, and within just a few minutes, an officer had arrived to break up the vicious fight between the dog and the cougar.

“I could see the cougar had the dog in its mouth, around the dog’s neck. It was chewing on its neck,” said Constable Chad Gravelle. Gravelle had a clear shot at the cougar, and he took it. The two animals collapsed in a ball on the ground, lifeless.

Everyone on the scene suspected that Angel was already dead. She’d been trapped in the cougar’s jaws, and hadn’t moved in several minutes. But as a neighbor pulled the two animals apart, the dog released a loud breath.

Angel didn’t come away from her encounter unscathed—she has several puncture wounds, a rip in her eyelid, and damage to her sinus cavities. Nonetheless, she’s expected to make a full recovery.

“It could have turned out a lot different if it wasn’t for Angel,” said Sherri. “She’s our guardian angel.”

Mountie to name son after boy who escaped cougar

Last Updated:  Wednesday, January  6, 2010 | 10:14 AM PT CBC News

Const. Chad Gravelle says he has formed a bond with Austin Forman, 11, and his dog, Angel.(RCMP

The RCMP officer who shot a cougar in Boston Bar, B.C., to save the life of a cherished family dog says he will name his son after the dog’s young owner.

Austin Forman, 11, escaped a cougar in the backyard of his rural B.C. home, about 140 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, when his golden retriever, Angel, intercepted the attack.

Const. Chad Gravelle arrived on the scene and killed the cougar as it chewed on Angel’s neck, saving the dog.

Gravelle said the incident has helped him forge a lasting bond with the Forman family and their pet, and helped him and his wife pick a name for their child.

“Every time she says a boy’s name, being in the line of work I’m in, I always think of someone I know with that name that isn’t a good person,” he said.

“We’ve been fighting and arguing for months now on a boy’s name, and we’ve been watching the news the last couple of days and she looked at me and said, ‘What do you think of Austin?’ and I said, ‘I only know of one Austin, and he’s a pretty good kid.’ So it’s Austin.

 Angel is expected to make a full recovery.(RCMP handout)

Gravelle has also received a Detachment Commander’s Commendation for his quick response and accurate shooting that dispatched the cougar but did not harm Angel, though the two animals were tangled together.

Angel suffered puncture wounds to her head and hind leg, a small indentation to her skull, and several scrapes and bruises, but has had surgery and is making a full recovery.

A dog named ‘Angel’ saves B.C. boy’s life during cougar attack

By Salim Jiwa

post attack

BOSTON BAR, B.C. – (Update) Austin Foreman, 11, is lucky to be alive today and he can thank his white retriever for saving his life.

The dog stepped in as a cougar began charging towards the young Boston Bar boy. The boy was gathering firewood when the cougar began his advance.

“The dog put himself in front of the advancing cougar and the boy,” said RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen in an interview. “The dog engaged the cougar in a fairly aggressive fight and the cougar had grabbed the dog by the time our officer arrived.”

“When our officer arrived he could see the stress the dog was under and the child had retreated some distance back towards the house – he shot the animal twice and that had no effect, he got within five feet of that animal and fired two more times killing it.”

Cougar shot dead by RCMP officer.Cougar shot dead by RCMP officer.

“If anyone was going to lose the fight at that point it wasn’t going to be the dog, or the child or the officer – it had to be the cougar and the officer took a great chance by getting within five feet of the cougar,” he added. “There will be a commendation coming down the line but the community there will be recognizing the dog to a degree too.”

The dog, Angel, an 18-month old white retriever, was bleeding from the neck area but will be fine, said Thiessen.

The attack occurred at around 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Const. Chad Gravelle, of Boston Bar was nearby and got to the home in a minute.

When he arrived, he saw the cougar had grabbed the dog by the neck.

“He located the cougar under the back porch hearing the dog cry out as the cat chewed on his neck. From a distance our officer fired two rounds into the cougar’s rear end which was the only part of the cat that was visible,” Thiessen said on Sunday.

“The cougar continued it’s attack so the Constable closed to within 5 feet, took careful aim and shot the animal twice more killing it instantly,” he said.

“The retriever survived the attack with minor injuries and thankfully the boy was unhurt,” he said.

“Angel” Dog Saves Boy From Cougar Attack

January 5, 2010By :

When 11-year-old Austin Forman of Boston Bay, B.C. went outside last Saturday night to gather some firewood, he wondered why Angel, his 18-month-old Golden Retriever, was staying so closely by his side.

In a moment, the reason became terrifyingly clear: a cougar charged across the yard toward the boy.

“I was really scared,” Austin told CTV News. “At first, I didn’t know it was a cougar. I thought it was another dog. 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.”

The dog ran in front of Austin and attacked the cougar. Austin raced into the house, screaming “A cougar is eating Angel!”

Austin’s mother, Sherri Forman, looked out the window but couldn’t see anything. She did hear Angel whimpering and feared the worst.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Chad Gravelle was on the scene within a minute after Forman called 911. He found the cougar under the back porch, gnawing on Angel’s neck as the dog cried out. Gravelle shot and killed the cougar, whose teeth were still clenched on Angel’s face.

Angel lay still for a few moments, but then gasped for air and stood up. The dog underwent surgery for several puncture wounds on her face, neck and legs, and is expected to make a full recovery.

“Golden retrievers are pretty stoic,” Veterinarian John Anvik told CTV News. “They’re loyal and faithful, and certainly this one has shown a lot of courage. She’s absolutely a hero.”

The week before the attack, the family called the dog a “snow angel” as she played in the snow. “Now she’s our guardian angel,” Forman said.




Pet Dog Saves BC Child From Attacking Cougar

Jan 3, 2010 by Derek Leschasin

A golden retriever in the small community of Boston Bar, BC,  made headlines today when he prevented a cougar from attacking his 11-year-old  owner, Austin Forman.

Forman was in his family’s  backyard in Boston Bar, about 200 kilometres north-east of Vancouver, gathering  firewood with his dog, when he spotted the cougar on his family’s property.”The cougar came (from) about five feet  away and made a big jump (at Austin),” Forman’s grandfather, Lloyd, told the Canadian  Press.  “The dog jumped in between and took on the cougar.”Family members were alerted to the  commotion, and notified the RCMP. An officer arrived to find the cougar under  the Forman’s porch, chewing on the dog’s throat. The officer fired several shots  at the cougar, fatally injuring it. The dog is expected to recover from its  injuries, and Austin Forman was unharmed.Sargeant Peter Thiessen of the RCMP  told the Canadian Press that Austin Forman’s life would surely have been  threatened, had his dog not been present. Conservation officials are expected to  be looking into what might have triggered the attack, and why the cougar came so  close to a human settlement.

Cougar attacks in BC received  high-profile attention in the press during 2009, but such incidents remain quite  rare. According to the  BC government,, as of 1996 only five people in BC had been killed by cougars  in the last 100 years, though there have been more than two dozen non-fatal  attacks. Cougars are most often attracted by easy prey such as small children or  pets.

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Boy calls dog who fought off cougar his ‘guardian’

Sunday, January  3, 2010 |  4:20 PM PT CBC News


A boy from Boston Bar, B.C., whose golden retriever saved him from a charging cougar, says he wouldn’t be alive if his dog hadn’t stepped in.

Austin Forman, 11, was gathering firewood in his backyard at about 5 p.m. Saturday when his dog, Angel, started acting strangely.

Angel started following him to and from the woodshed, Austin said, almost as though she was checking to make sure he was OK.

Suddenly, Angel ran toward Austin and jumped over a lawn mower — right into the path of a charging cougar.

“I knew at that moment that I would have to go get help, otherwise [Angel] wouldn’t have any hope,” Austin said.

As Angel fought the cougar, Austin ran inside, where his mother called 911.

When the RCMP arrived on scene minutes later, they found the cougar under the back porch of the house, chewing on Angel’s neck.

An officer shot the cougar, killing it instantly.

Austin said it was the first time he’d ever seen a cougar in the yard.

“I was shocked and scared at the same time. I wasn’t expecting a cougar at all to be in our yard,” he said.

“I feel very, very lucky. If it wasn’t for my dog, I don’t think I would be here.”

Austin said he now feels very differently about Angel.

“She was my best friend, but now she’s more than a best friend — she’s like my guardian now.”

Angel suffered some puncture wounds on her head, neck and one of her hind legs. Austin was not hurt.

Boston Bar is located roughly midway between Vancouver and Kamloops.