Golden Retriever Rescues a Father and Two Boys From Collapsed Snow Fort

Lesson learned: keep your dog close by and have a thin roof!

By Justyne Yuen-Lee


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We all like to think we have the wherewithal and can put in the effort to build a snow fort, but this story might make us think twice about it.

We’ve already learned about record breaking snow falls in British Columbia and the pets enjoying winter there, but on the other side of Canada there was also enough snow in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia to build a fort. Steve Bayers, his thirteen-year-old son, and his son’s friend built a snow fort and were playing inside it. Bayers was shaving snow off the ceiling while the boys were lying down in the fort. Then sometime terrible happened next.

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This is what getting buried in snow feels like.

All of a sudden, the lights went out and the boys starting screaming from inside the fort. Bayers was too trapped to help the boys and told them to keep calm and  keep breathing.


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After a short time, Bayers’ five-year-old golden retriever, Zoose, came along and started digging.

Zoose dug enough snow out from Bayers for him to wiggle his way out. He ran for help and neighbors and friends rushed over to dig the boys out. It took about 10 minutes to free them from the fort collapse.

Bayers’ described the situation as a “near-fatal” accident and uses it as a warning to always have adult supervision when building snow forts and to keep the ceiling thin. Good thing Zoose had the instinct to sniff his trapped owner out!