Hero Near Argonia
By Chris Frank, Kake-TV 10
Hero Dog January 13 - Man's best friend is also a Sumner
County woman's life-saving hero.
Irene Box-Crews is on the mend in an assisted living
center with her injured left arm in a splint. The
86-year old took a spill on the ice in the backyard of
her home near Argonia.
The accident happened last Thursday while she was taking
fresh water to the frozen bird bath, not realizing how
slick it was. She fell on the patio steps.
Box-Crews was on the ground writhing in pain, when along
came Charlie her Golden Retriever.
Box-Crews says she reached up and put her good arm
around Charlie's neck. She was able to make it back into
the house by hanging onto Charlie. Box-Crews says she's
glad Charlie was there, because she wouldn't have been
able to make it into the house by herself.
Retriever Saves Hikers From Mountain Lion
Friendly 'Stanley' Charges Until Mountain Lion Climbs Up
TheDenverChannel.com, February 5, 2004
LYONS, Colo. -- A trusty golden retriever named Stanley
is being hailed a hero after saving his owner and her
friend from a mountain lion.
The two women were hiking with their dogs off Highway 7
in Lyons last week when a mountain lion approached. They
had noticed tracks in the area but they thought the
tracks were old until Betsy Burton spotted an animal out
of the corner of her eye.
"I turned to my left and he was right there. About 4 to
6 feet, kind of to the left of me, but behind me. It was
this absolutely gorgeous mountain lion," Burton said.
"At first I really didn't get it. I saw him and I
thought, 'How beautiful.'"
Then the lion spotted Burton and Cindy Kaylan. They say
it crouched down and began to growl.
"The lion just kept staring at Betsy and it just seemed
like he was going to come after her," Kaylan said. "I
felt like running but I knew that wasn't the right thing
Burton then yelled at Kaylan to find a big branch and
hold it above her head to make her appear larger.
"You know, that made me act big. We just kept
screaming," said Kaylan, who owns Stanley.
"Then all of a sudden Stanley just charged at him, and
the mountain lion ran up a tree about 30 feet away,"
Praise for Pets 2005 Award Winners
On Thursday, May 19, hundreds of animal lovers attended
the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation’s Praise for
Pets FunRaiser event to celebrate the special bond
humans and animals share and to raise funds to benefit
the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation.
is a courageous dog who was presented with the 2005 Hero
Award. In January 2004, Stanley, a then-two year old
golden retriever, and owner Cindy Kalyan of Lyons,
Colorado, were hiking with friends in the Lyons area
when their world took a dangerous turn. A mountain lion
was crouched along the side of the trail, not four feet
from the group. The lion’s eyes were focused on the
group, it was hissing and had flattened its ears,
signaling that it was ready to charge. The women
screamed. Stanley took charge and threw himself between
the women and the lion, barking and lunging. Cindy and
her friend, both experienced outdoorswomen, knew that
running would only make them more desirable prey for the
lion. They knew they had to get big and get loud. With
Stanley holding the lion at bay, they tore off tree
branches and held them over their heads. Stanley chased
the lion up a tree. As Stanley kept the lion treed, the
women began to back away slowly – moving in the
direction of the parking area and the safety of their
car. Several minutes later, Stanley bounded up to the
women in the parking area, wagging his tail and acting
as if he wanted to say, “Wow…Did you see what I just
safely at home, Cindy wondered what she could do to
thank Stanley. She seemed to have gotten it right as
Stanley was quite happy with his steak dinner, bone and
all. Stanley’s heroics have made him quite the
celebrity as he has been featured in an article in Good
Housekeeping and will be a guest on the Montel Williams
Show later in the year.
Congratulations, Stanley; owner, Cindy Kalyan; and
nominating veterinarian, Dr. Steven Benscheidt of
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