No Ordinary Dog is written by Bruce Grierson, a close friend of Norm Winter, a mountain guide. He tells a remarkable tale of the inspiring connection between a man and his dog. Vince, a four-year old mutt that Norm had adopted had obviously been thrown from a truck when he was a puppy since he wouldn’t go near vehicles. Eventually Vince learned to trust that his new master would never harm him like his terrible first owner and began to venture with Norm on his climbing trips. At first Bruce was curious what the dog would do when Norm brought him on one of their climbs but he soon learned of the extraordinary talents Vince had. This article tells many stories of climbing adventures that Norm and Vince went on together and displays the very strong bond between Norm and his dog.
The things that amazed me the most from this article are the explanations of how Vince was able to keep up with Norm while climbing and how trusting both dog and owner were of each other. Bruce explains that when it got to the point where you had to use your hands, Vince would back up and run at the wall, using his back paws to push him further. He also tells a story of how Vince was once stuck hanging from his paws over an edge with a drop beneath him and how Norm reached him just in time. No matter where Norm and Vince were separated, they always found their way back to each other, even after three days.
Finally the article finishes with Vince and Norm’s trip to the vet, Vince had acquired cancer throughout his body and it was time to let him go. On their way Norm talked to Vince the whole time, and when they arrived, Norm turned around to find Vince had passed on in the back of his truck.
This story was not only adorable and fascinating but I wanted to know more the whole time I was reading it. Norm was an amazing man to give this dog the better life he deserved and in return he received a best friend and many wonderful experiences.
Grierson, Bruce. “No Ordinary Dog”. Explore Magazine Online. Winter 2009. May 19th 2010. < http://explore-mag.com/article/people/no-ordinary-dog/ >