Litter Of Puppies Rescued After Being Left On Remote Island.


When Junior Cook and Leon Colombe heard crying in the distance, they grabbed their binoculars.

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.

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.

Deborah Vandekerkhove

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.

Deborah Vandekerkhove

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.

Deborah Vandekerkhove

Together, the men and Vandekerkhove devised a plan to help the lost puppies off the island.

Cook and Colombe named the puppies Gilligan, Skipper, Ginger, the Professor, Mary Ann, Thurston Howell III and Mrs. Howell, which were all characters on “Gilligan’s Island,” a show about a bunch of people who got stranded on an island.

The puppies had some serious trust issues because of the predicament that they were currently in.

It became obvious that they would have to earn the trust of these puppies before they could do anything else for them. But the puppies screamed whenever one of them tried to touch them, so the men came up with “Operation Gilligan’s Island” to help the pups.


The men spent two days ferrying drinking water and food to the island as well as medical supplies.

They even brought dog kennels with them. Cook had to drag his doghouse across the lake, but it was worth it because this would offer the frightened puppies some decent protection against the elements until the men were able to take them off the island.

Deborah Vandekerkhove

It became clear to Vandekerkhove and anyone else who saw it that the puppies hadn’t had human contact in a while.

So, when any human approached, they would bark from fear and mistrust.

Deborah Vandekerkhove

**Eventually, the puppies became comfortable enough around humans that they could be rescued.** The puppies were taken to a foster home where they could begin to acclimate to a better life. Only time would tell if they would be able to leave behind the painful memories of being stranded on that island.

The puppies were happy to have toys that they could play with, and many of them seemed okay.

Two of the seven puppies were girls and they were shy around humans, but Vandekerkhove felt that it was only a matter of time before the dogs would become just as sociable as their brothers, and accept that not all humans are bad.

Deborah Vandekerkhove

The puppies were taken to Winnipeg Pet Rescue so they could undergo veterinarian care for a bit.

Once the vets can confirm that all the puppies are healthy, the rescuers will work with the puppies to make them sociable enough to accept a forever family. Meanwhile, Vandekerkhove remains hopeful that all the pups will get their happy ending.


There’s still one thing that remains unclear, which is how the puppies managed to get stranded.

No one really knows for sure what happened, but at least they’re safe for now, and the siblings have formed a strong bond, which has helped a lot during their recovery. In fact, pups like Skipper and Gilligan are so close, you couldn’t tear them apart.


Meanwhile, the Norway House is asking for help in the form of donations to help the rescued puppies.

As adorable as they are, they require medical care and food, which costs money, so the organization is using their Facebook page and their Go Get Funding page to ask for donations in order to ensure these puppies get the attention they deserve.


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