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Rescue Pups Find Adventure And Fun In The Snow (with video)

Rescue Pups Find Adventure And Fun In The Snow (with video)

Years ago, I was skiing in Squaw Valley, California when a massive avalanche knocked out power to the lift my brother and I were seated on. While we dangled high above the snow packed ground, the ski patrol updated us constantly on the status of the rescue efforts. At different intervals during our 5-hour ordeal, we watched the rescue dogs run back and forth, nose to the snow, surveying the situation with a keen sense of danger.

At the time, I was a young teacher on a ski vacation. While waiting to be rescued, my brother and I (both in our early 20ís) told each other stories to pass the chilly time. I had been discovering the joys of children’s literature along with the young children I taught, and recounted the story of an enchanting childrenís book called, Ski Pup by Don Freeman. This book, set in the Swiss Alps in the early 1960ís, tells the story of a Saint Bernard named Hugo who was learning to be a rescue dog. He was being tutored to keep vigil over the children of the village ski school. Hugo took his job as rescue dog very seriously (not unlike the dogs we were watching below). When he finally heads out on his first outing with his trusty thermos of hot chocolate (I thought they carried something stronger) around his neck, he soon discovers that itís all fun and games for the little boy that he rescues.

Back to the avalanche: It was a dramatic situation that was resolved without physical harm. In fact, everyone on the ski lift skied down to safety guided by the ski patrol and rescue dogs. Afterwards, a group of us discussed the connection between the humans and the canines. This seemed to help us get through the ordeal. I remember being scared, but there was something about the competence of the team of patrollers and the seriousness of the rescue dogs that took the fear away. After the adventure, the dogs were given a cue by their trainers, and took off with abandon and started sliding around in the snow as their elated rescue victims cheered.

A friend recently sent this fun video that reminded me of that unusual day. It especially brought back the enjoyment of watching the rescue dogs at the end of their workday.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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5:11AM PDT on Mar 30, 2014

Thank you

3:17AM PST on Mar 7, 2014

thanx fr sharing this

8:40PM PST on Feb 18, 2014

:D very nice

12:10AM PST on Feb 12, 2014

good info you have shared

11:30PM PST on Feb 4, 2014

this is fantastic (Y)

7:43PM PST on Jan 23, 2014

Any dog having fun, is fun to watch.

3:08PM PST on Jan 19, 2014

TY nice to see them having a great time

5:51AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

Thank you God for good news!

12:58PM PST on Nov 20, 2013

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6:50PM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

OMG!! Made my night.
They were beautiful and they had the time of their life. What a life that would be for anyone .Any animal. THE BEST!!

I appreciate that this was shared so much .
TY!! :-))

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