Peter Shrimpton and his two golden retrievers have a tradition of walking up Table Mountain a couple of times a week and, usually, the walks are both enjoyable and stress-free. But on Sunday, one of Shrimpton’s dogs, Bella, cut her paws on glass and was unable to carry herself any further. At 45 kg, the disabling injury meant that dog and owner were stranded on the mountain-side for four hours.
Peter explains that he did his best to carry her when he could and coax her rock-by-rock but eventually, her paws gave up and his body couldn’t take her weight. An emotional wreck, Peter made the painful decision to leave the dog behind and make his way down before it got too dark.
Luckily for Peter and Bella, two young hikers were on their way up and, at hearing about Bella’s plight, offered to carry her down on their backs. Dogs and hikers made it to the bottom safely but now the Shrimptons would like to thank their saviours.
In the emotional rush of getting Bella down, Peter and his wife only got the first names of their helpers – MJ and Andrew. The couple have been appealing to anyone who knows the men to contact them so that they might be able to show their gratitude.
John spoke to Peter to share this incredible act of kindness that he experienced: