Most elderly people prefer small dogs, they're easier to handle and walk, but an elderly couple in New York State fell in love with an abused, two week old puppy that promised to be a very big dog.
Eve and Norman Fertig adopted the German Shepherd/Timberwolf mix seven years ago and his past October the now 160 pound Shana repaid them for their trust and love.
The Fertigs are both 81-years-old and on October 12, they were out treating injured birds in the Wildlife Sanctuary on their Alden, New York property. While they were there a surprise snow storm arrived.
As the storm intensified, the couple left the area and headed back to their home, but they didn't get but a few yards before they were trapped by fallen trees and heavy snow.
They were still 20 feet from their home and Eve knew they could die in the cold. Neither had a warm coat or gloves, but they did have Shana.
Shana started digging under the snow and fallen trees. The big dog dug and dug until she reached the back deck. Then, she went back to get her owners.
Shana barked but, the couple hesitated, so Eve said, "She takes her mouth and grabs my jacket and pulls me onto her back. I said, 'she wants us to follow.' I said, 'keep crawling,' oh he thought we would never get out."
But they did get out and Eve said they climbed up onto the deck and opened the back door and collapsed on the floor. She said the three of them laid there, exhausted, for the entire night.
The local fire department has given Shana a certificate declaring her a hero.
But Eve and Norman don't need that to know they're dog is very, special.
Ron Plants, WGRZ TV