What would you do if you heard crying coming from somewhere nearby? This was a question that Junior Cook and his friend, Leon Colombe, had to ponder. Cook lives near a lake, so both he and Colombe were chilling out in Cook’s yard one night in Cross Lake, Manitoba, Canada. But then they heard something that was very odd. It sounded like crying, but that wasn’t possible because the only thing in front of them was water from the lake. At first, the men simply brushed off the noises, but as the crying continued, they decided to investigate and what they found was shocking.
When Junior Cook and Leon Colombe heard crying in the distance, they grabbed their binoculars.
The only thing Cook could see through the binoculars were small shapes moving around in the distance, but he assumed they were wolves on an island. But the next morning, they heard the crying continue, so they took their boat out to investigate.
What appeared to be a bunch of dark figures on the nearby island turned out to be something more.
As they approached the island with their boat, they decided to videotape the experience because they realized almost immediately that the creatures that had been crying all night weren’t wolves. They were puppies.
The footage that Cook and Colombe took showed the puppies hanging out by the water, but as soon as they noticed the boat was approaching, the puppies eagerly ran up to the shore to greet the two men.
There was nothing around the island, except for rocks, thick grass, and some fir trees.
There were seven puppies in total and they were all starving, but the men only had a limited amount of food in their boat. However, they were more than happy to share what they had with the starving pooches.
The fluffy black puppies ran up to greet them as soon as their boat docked on the shore.
Their tails were wagging, and they seemed certain that Cook and Colombe had arrived to rescue these castaways from the island. Judging from their scrawny appearance, it was obvious to the men that the dogs had been stuck on the island for weeks and were starving.
Although the dogs were initially happy to see them, they got very frightened when the men got close.
Cook and Colombe were determined to give the puppies what they needed to survive for the time being. When they got home, they contacted Deborah Vandekerkhove, the director of Norway House Animal Rescue, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.