The Rescue of Belle and Sundance

The Rescue of Belle and Sundance

A Miracle on Mount Renshaw

Book - 2010
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On December 15, 2008, two snowmobilers discovered a pair of abandoned horses atop B.C.'s Mount Renshaw in the Canadian Rockies. Belle and Sundance were a sorry sight -- they were emaciated, shivering and trapped in a small shelter they had made for themselves by tramping down the six-footdeep snow. Next morning, a party of four from the nearby town of McBride was sent back up the mountain with a bale of hay, a handgun and a heartbreaking choice to make: either feed the horses, or shoot them.

The four agreed: there was an undeniable glimmer in the eyes of Belle and Sundance, and the decision was made to feed them. But saving the two horses would require a lot more than hay. Weighing their options, many people in McBride decided to pull on their long johns and pitch in -- they would dig, by hand, the three-foot-wide, six-foot-deep, kilometre-long tunnel that became Belle and Sundance's route to freedom.

The Rescue of Belle and Sundance takes the reader up that starkly beautiful but bitterly cold mountain to the heart of the struggle to save two horses. In this account, with its grim beginning and its glad and joyful end, Stutz and Scanlan recreate the rescue that sent a message of hope and compassion around the world.

Publisher: Toronto : Collins, 2010.
ISBN: 9781554686193
1554686199
Branch Call Number: 636.108320971 STUTZ
Characteristics: 242 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: Scanlan, Lawrence

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SPL_Robyn Mar 18, 2017

2017 Blind Date comment: "Plot was ok. Writing was awful and hard to follow."

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ballerina101
Jan 18, 2017

Amazing true story of rescue and community spirit. Easy to read for hours , couldn't put it down!

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BookEater_720
Jul 18, 2016

Loved this book! Amazing real avents that hit close to home. It made me feel like I was really there helping, so much so that I could feel the ache of the winter cold.

If you love horses, non-fiction and heartwarming stories. Then you should pick up this book. Definitely one of my new favorites.

DanniOcean Jul 05, 2011

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette's Shelf Life column

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ownedbydoxies
Apr 25, 2011

I loved this book. I remember the events, and how this band of local people looked after the terrible mistakes and irresponsibility of one man, who left his horses to a long, cold, lonely death of starvation in the remote mountains. It's an inspiring tale of what people can do when they join together for the common good. It's also a tale of how arrogant and selfish some people can be and makes one wonder how anyone can be so hard-hearted and obviously uncaring of not only his animals, but of how he appears to his community. He should be very ashamed of himself. But the biggest part of the story is the difference which can be made in the positive sense, by a few dedicated, unselfish individuals. Well done!

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Jul 18, 2016

BookEater_720 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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