Dumer may not be part of the Calypso breeding program, but he is nontheless a marvelous example of how these beautiful dogs become such an important part of our lives and families. Dumer truly is our hero!
"A hero is not just a person. A hero can be a dog. One day my family and I went hiking in Castlewood Canyon with our dog, Dumer (pronounced doomer). We stopped at a picnic table for lunch. My Dad didnt let me climb or sit on the rocks the whole hike. There was a small rock near the table. I asked if I can go sit on the rock. My Mom and Dad said yes. So I went and sat on it. After a minute or so, I invited Dumer to come up. He stayed there for about five minutes and then he got off. All of the sudden I heard and saw him jerk back. We heard a rattling noise. My Dad yelled, Get off the rock! So I got off the rock as fast as I could. I was terrified! From a far distance we saw the rattle snake. It was in the crevice of the rock. It turns out Dumer got bit. I took a closer look at the snake. It was missing a fang. Then I looked at Dumer. The fang was stuck in his nose. By the time we got him to the vet, it had fallen out. They gave him anti-venom. He was home in 2 days and he is still alive today.
If Dumer wasnt there, it could have been me that got bitten by the snake. I think he is a brave and loyal dog. Dumer is a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. We have another dog Ozziehe is a Labrador retriever. Dumers Mom is Maxie. She died last January. We owned his grandfather, Gus. Dumer is 3 years old. That is why I love him and stuff about his life. "
Written by Kaitlyn Woods (then 8 years old) on August 31, 2010 to complete a 3rd grade writing assignment on heroes . Kaitlyn is the granddaughter of Terry & Bev Brown.