CEO saves life of dog after collision with skier

Mar 11, 2021, 4:00 PM

SALT LAKE CITY  — A collision with a skier left a dog bleeding and fighting for his life Saturday — but he got a second chance because his owner came prepared. 

It happened when one backcountry skier fell, and the dog, a 17-month-old Swiss mountain dog named Barron, went back to check on her. Another skier came in just at the wrong time, colliding with the pooch. 

Run-in with skier leaves dog badly hurt

Barron’s owner, Christian Schauf of Park City, had to move quickly to save Barron’s life.

“Skis have sharp edges, and it cut him,” said Schauf. “After about two or three steps, the blood started gushing. That’s when I knew we had kind of a problem.”

dog injured by skier

Barron, a Swiss mountain dog, got down the mountain safely in time for a vet to stitch him up in part because his owner, Christian Schauf, is CEO of a company that sells survival kits — and he had one with him. Photo: KSL TV

Schauf had the tools on hand, thanks to his company. He is the founder and CEO of Uncharted Supply Company, a manufacturer of high-quality survival systems. The kit he happened to have with him that day included gauze and zip ties, which he used to slow down Barron’s bleeding. Then, he crafted a makeshift tourniquet out of duct tape and a stick.

“I wrapped the bandage the best I could, put him on my shoulders and started skiing down,” he said.

Video shows Schauf skiing slowly down the mountain with Barron over his shoulders. 

Thanks to his preparedness, Schauf got Barron to the veterinarian in the nick of time. 

“Got to the vet, and they thought he probably had minutes before he was gone,” Schauf said. 

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