Rescued dog survives, returns home
Published: November 27, 2006 | 5090th good news item since 2003
Brutus is back home and his owners couldn’t be more elated or more thankful.
“I just can’t even describe it,” an emotional Jody Gullickson told The Minot Daily News on Monday. “What a terrific thing that has happened. We are thankful to each and everyone who assisted Brutus. As we give thanks on Thursday, it will truly be a day of Thanksgiving and remembrance of all the kind, caring people who assisted Brutus.”
The kind and caring had gathered alongside a pond located on the east side of U.S. Highway 83 in Max late Friday afternoon. It was there that a passerby saw Brutus’ fruitless efforts at pulling himself out of the numbing cold water and onto the ice. A 9-1-1 call was made and emergency personnel responded. Others pulled off the highway or came running from the city of Max to encourage Brutus to not give up the fight.
Bill Johnson, Max, and Greg Johnson, Minot, spotted a small fishing boat sitting across the highway from the pond. After pirating the small craft, they were soon inching across the ice toward the seemingly doomed dog – all to the cheers of a gathering gallery watching from the bank.
Bill Johnson managed to slip a noose over Brutus’ neck and the completely exhausted dog remained motionless while it was dragged across the ice to safety. But Brutus’ battle for life was not over. Wrapped in coats and jackets tossed in by rescue watchers, the nearly lifeless dog was rushed to the Garrison Veterinary Clinic, where he was received by vet Kathy Baber.
“That dog was near comatose from the cold. He didn’t even register a temperature,” said Baber. “He was still breathing, so we thought we had a chance. He was in shock and suffering from hypothermia for nearly three hours. Then his body temperature began creeping up.”
As of Monday afternoon there was still a large collection of unclaimed jackets at the Garrison Veterinary Clinic. Baber said she expects some of the owners to start stopping in to claim them. Several people had already called to check on Brutus’ welfare.
“The people who pulled him out, all the coats and jackets, and all the people who called to see how he is,” said Baber, “That makes you feel good to know they care.”
On Saturday morning, Gullickson got the news she was hoping for.
“Kathy told me Brutus was up and would be able to go home as soon as he ate something,” said an elated Gullickson. “What a relief that was to hear. Everyone made a difference in a life or death
situation and we are very thankful.”
Brutus had escaped through the gate of a seven-foot-high fence surrounding his home in Max. The Gullicksons, who say they are making the necessary repairs, were away from home when Brutus got out of the yard.
The 7-year-old Keeshound/ Samoyed cross is a big part of the Gullickson family. According to Baber, one reason Brutus was able to survive his ordeal was that he was healthy and well cared for.
“Something like this really warms the heart,” said Gullickson. “I’m thankful for all who gave Brutus the courage and strength to survive.”