Dog helps free trio in col­lapsed snow fort

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

LAWRENCE­TOWN, N.S. — A Nova Scotia man is cred­it­ing Zoose the fam­ily pooch with help­ing save him and two young boys who were trapped when their snow fort col­lapsed on them.

Steve Bay­ers, his son Ben and a friend were build­ing a large snow fort in Lawrence­town on Satur­day when the roof caved in, pin­ning Bay­ers’ arms and legs un­der­neath him.

The two boys were close to Bay­ers, scream­ing in the dark­ness, but he couldn’t move un­der the weight of the snow.

“I didn’t know what hap­pened,” Ben told Global News. “I thought some­one just jumped on me and then I re­al­ized the weight just kept gain­ing and gain­ing, and that’s when I re­al­ized I couldn’t move and I started pan­ick­ing.”

His friend, Adam Inch, said they were scream­ing at the top of their lungs, but it was dif­fi­cult to hear.

With his limbs pinned, Bay­ers said it seemed im­pos­si­ble to get out un­til his five-year-old golden Labrador retriever be­gan dig­ging and tug­ging on the back of his jacket.

“I knew at that point, if I could get an arm or a leg free and get my leg un­twisted, I had a chance of get­ting out and help­ing the kids,” Bay­ers said. “(Zoose) was the in­spi­ra­tion. I can’t say it enough.”

Bay­ers man­aged to par­tially free him­self and be­gan call­ing for help, alert­ing a neigh­bour who ran over and started shov­el­ling them out.

The or­deal left Bay­ers with a bro­ken fibula and twisted knee, while his son had a mi­nor con­cus­sion and sore shoul­der. “It wasn’t my time. It wasn’t our time,” Bay­ers said.

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