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.


Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobets3 years ago

Thank you

Iniz Developer
Iniz Developer3 years ago

thanx fr sharing this

Andeep Mahi
Andeep Mahi3 years ago

:D very nice

Cmsdeveloper Navjot

good info you have shared

Parm Minhas
Parm Minhas3 years ago

this is fantastic (Y)

John chapman
John chapman3 years ago

Any dog having fun, is fun to watch.

Estelle S.
Estelle S4 years ago

TY nice to see them having a great time

Jelena Radovanovic
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you God for good news!

Janis K.
Janis K4 years ago

Please sign my petition to breeders to cut one litter a year for shelter animals. We can all help. Please pass this on and share or post wherever you can. Thanks!

Prima B.
PrimaAWAY B4 years ago

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!! :-))