BY LIZA STROUT - A curious mix of Scottish Wolfhound, Dalmatian and an unknown form of shepherd, Easy was once a favorite of the Seventh Street dog park and owned human Dick Robb for a time. These days, Easy lives in North Carolina, with Reka Korrosy.
One day this winter, Easy became a true hero.
Ramona Humphrey lived across the street from Easy, with her Maltese, Katy. Humphrey let Katy out that cold morning. As she stepped back into the house, she slipped on the icy deck and fell. She broke her hip and leg. There was no way to reach the phone, only six feet away. No one could hear her cries for help over the howling wind.
But Easy could. He has what have been called “angel ears,” shaped almost like wings and tipped with tufts of white fur.
The normally laid back Easy started jumping and barking, an event so rare that owner Korrosy was alarmed. He ran from the kitchen to the front door, over and over. Finally, Korrosy opened the front door. Rather than run outside, Easy began to turn in circles in front of her. At first, Korrosy could not understand the message that he was trying to give her, but then she heard the sound.
She heard a voice calling for help.
Korrosy opened the storm door to hear better, and Easy took off. Running through the ice and snow, he made a beeline for Humphrey’s house, 100 yards away.
Watching her dog fly through the snow, Korrosy knew something was wrong. She called her daughter, Evelyn Oates. Oates and her husband Larry, a trauma nurse, live two doors down from Humphrey. Larry answered the phone, Korrosy explained what was happening, and the two headed towards Humphrey’s home, Korrosy following Easy’s tracks in the snow.
When they got there, they found Humphrey on the floor, covered in snow. Crying from the pain, she told Korrosy that she had a Life Alert necklace in her bedroom. Korrosy activated it and called 911.
Oates took over on the phone, using his professional knowledge to let the responders know what to expect.
The two covered Humphrey in blankets and began the wait for the ambulance. Avery County Emergency arrived on scene just before Humphrey’s daughter, Marsha. Marsha followed the ambulance to Watauga Hospital in Boone.
After a 45-minute trip, Humphreys arrived with what her doctor would later describe as the worst leg and hip break he had ever seen. Thanks to Easy’s “angel ears,” she is now recovering at the Life Care Center in Banner Elk.
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