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Old 02-26-2008, 07:47 PM
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Smile My Saint Bernard- the hero.

Its been some time since I've posted here, but had to share this experience with you! Last week we had a delightful snow/ice storm in NE and our very steep driveway was a sheet of snow covered ice.
Well, Simon (now 10 months old!) and I were out for our daily constitutional- and I began to slip down the driveway. He was ahead of me, and he slid as well. Suddenly, my ankle twisted and I went down flat on my back. Not fun at 8.5 months pregnant!
Funny, as I was paralyzed with fear and crying - I was worried he might try to take off! I wouldn't let go of the leash.
I finally did, thinking- where would he go?
When I did, he immediately scrambled to my side and lay down next to me- snuggled right into my side, just below me on the incline of the driveway. Maybe he was trying to keep me from sliding.
I was crying from the pain but afraid to move.
He then sprang up- and took off! I watched him run (as best he could) up to the top of the driveway and stop- looking both ways.
He then returned to me and lay down again.
He did this several times- running to maybe see if anyone was near, then coming back to be by my side.

Just so you know- when we are outside, he is always on a leash with me, and I haven't shown him our perimeter yet- but he never left the property.

I finally calmed down, and realized I had to get up and inside the house.
I was able to roll over and crawl down the driveway to the garage- and Simon, God Bless HIM!!! circled me as I crawled- sniffing at me, and then trying to open the garage door for me.
He was amazing. I really needed his support and he gave it to me.
I might be biased, but I really think his breed is magnificent. He and I can butt heads sometimes- but when it comes down to it- he is there for me. I love him so very much and am so thankful every day to have him.
I think if he were a bit heavier- I bet he would have dragged me inside! He's 115lb now!

(long story short) I made it inside- to the ER and have a very nasty ankle sprain- thankfully no back injury and the baby is fine.
There really is something tremendously special about the Saint.
Aj-mama to SJ, SK, SR, SG, JD, and Simon the Saint,
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