Shaun and Nuggets warn tale of survival.

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Postby tybrax » April 14th, 2006, 11:09 am

This story happened in 1999 but i think its a wonderful story to be told.


Eight year old Shaun Coggin spent eight hours huddled under a tree
branch on Sunday night, lost in the bush on MT. Tamborine with only
his faithful PIT BULL Nugget for warmth.

As temperatures in the area dropped to zero Shaun slept, as Nugget
laid on top of him, unaware of a major search underway to find him.

A small army of volunteers including State Emergency Service and Rural Fire Brigade members, neighbors and police were combing the Gold Coast Hinterland area after Shauns mother, Michelle, reported him missing.

Shauns unplaned adventure began when he took Nugget for a walk in the bush behind the families Jersey Rd property around 3 pm on Sunday.

After becoming lost and with night falling Shaun, in a shirt and track pants, settled in for the night by pulling branches over himself and the dog.

Despite temperatures which dropped to zero over night, Shaun went to sleep as Nugget stayed awake. It was the sound of searches calling out nearby that started Nugget barking which woke Shaun.

He had wandered 7km. At home yesterday with the searchers and the rescue helicopter gone, Michelle said the the ordeal began after police were called at

Police has asked her and Glen to stay at the house incase Shaun returned.
Shaun was finally returned to his family with his loving PIT BULL NUGGET
that saved his life.

Gold Coast Bulletin.


Nugget the Hero nominated for Australian Dog of the year.


Sadly Nugget passed away from old age. What a hero.

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Postby cheekymunkee » April 14th, 2006, 11:11 am

GREAT story!! Pit bulls sure love their people.
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Postby Marinepits » April 14th, 2006, 12:56 pm

Yea! What a wonderful story!

RIP, Nugget. You done good. :angel2:
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