An elderly couple in New York is both lucky to be alive and thankful that their seven and a half year old half wolf, half German shepherd dog Shana was at their side during a severe snowstorm this winter.
Eve and Norman Fertig rescued Shana as a sick, two-week-old puppy and never dreamed that she might one day return the favor. Yet, on that fateful day when the two 81-year-olds were taking care of some injured animals in the forest near their home, a massive blizzard struck unexpectedly and suddenly they were faced with falling trees and total darkness. It was the falling trees that blocked the way for the couple to get back to their home, even though it was only 200 feet away.
Shana to the Rescue
The Fertigs weren’t able to climb over the trees and neither had put on warm clothing appropriate for a blizzard. They huddled together to try to stay warm, but temperatures were dropping fast. Eve and Norman both thought they were going to die, when suddenly their dog had other ideas.
“We heard her barking and she was digging and clawing a path through the snow and debris to get to us,” said Norman. “She seemed to want us to follow her.”
They were shocked to find that Shana had dug a tunnel from where they were trapped clear back to their house to find them. Shana then pulled on Eve’s jacket and Norman pushed, and the two finally made it back to their home after over two hours of trying.
“It was the most heroic thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life,” Eve said. “When we got to the door, we just fell on the floor and were too exhausted to move until the fire department got there and found us.”
The couple’s worried neighbors had called the fire department since the power was out and they were concerned about the Fertigs.
Shana was given the Citizens for Humane Animal Treatment’s Hero’s Award for bravery — an award usually given to people.