Gentle, roaming rottweiler saves young boy from fall

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By ERIN MAYES

The kids at Apple Cellar Home School Co-op walked Boscoe home to lock him in his yard twice on Tuesday, but the grinning 2-year-old rottweiler escaped both times.

He has a special affinity and patience for young children, and especially enjoys romping with 2 1/2-year-old Spencer Pugh, whose mother, Terri, helps run the co-op.

After escorting Boscoe home, the seventh-grade students had gone back to the school, on Lyons- Bald Mountain Road east of Sonora, and were putting up Christmas decorations when they noticed Spencer was gone.

They immediately fanned out to search the neighborhood. Finally, Terri Pugh realized she would have to call the police.

"I was calling 911 it was a hysterical call," she said. "The other kids were upset, to say the least."

But then, one of the students spotted the boy a few blocks from the school. Spencer had fallen over the edge of a ravine and was clinging to Boscoe, who had escaped from his yard a third time.

A creek ran a few feet below Spencer's toes.

"It was actually a danger to him," Pugh said. "It was really scary. He was found at the bottom of that ledge ... We think Boscoe saved his life."

The toddler had wandered farther than his mother had ever seen him go. He was unharmed, although he lost a shoe.

After the excitement was over, Pugh and the students were still shaken up and decided to write about the experience.

Pugh wrote a letter to Boscoe's "mother," Ginean Coville, to express her gratitude, and she and the students autographed the book "Good Dog Carl" they crossed out all the "Carls" and replaced them with "Boscoes" and gave it to Coville.

Coville said she was delighted when she heard the news.

"They told me my dog saved this little boy's life," she said. "It made me feel really good."

She and her fiance, Troy Dambacher, have a 5-year-old son, Devin. So Boscoe has become accustomed to children pulling his ears and doing what they please to him without batting an eyelash.

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