Junior Cook and his friend Leon Colombe were relaxing. In fact, they were just enjoying the silence in Junior’s yard located in Cross Lake Manitoba, in Canada. That’s when an unusual sound interrupted the quiet. Junior lives right on the lake, so he pulled out his binoculars to get a glimpse across the water for the source of the sound. That’s when he saw several shapes moving on an island. He didn’t think much of it and assumed it was just wolves fighting. But then he heard the sounds again the next morning and he pulled his binoculars out again and then decided to get closer to investigate. That’s when he realized they were not wolves: they were puppies.
When the puppies, who were around four months old, saw the boat they got excited. Tails wagging, they approached Junior and he noticed they were very, very thin under their thick black fur. It wasn’t clear how long they had been there, but he guessed it was a few weeks. There was not much to eat on the bare island, that is mostly covered in high grass and rocks. Junior and Leon gave them some food, but the dogs were understandably scared of the two men. They worked to gain their trust and gave the dogs names after characters from the television show “Gilligan’s Island.” They named them Skipper, Gilligan, Ginger, Mary Ann, The Professor, Mrs. Howell, and Thurston Howell, III.
The two man began bringing water, food, and shelter to the dogs over the next few days. After the dogs became comfortable around them, they were able to rescue them from the island and bring them to a foster home. The puppies are all now thriving and growing now that they are safely off their island and into loving homes.