Angel by name, angel by nature.
A Canadian family's dog saved her 11-year-old owner's life Saturday by stepping between him and a cougar.
Angel, an 18-month golden retriever, sustained puncture wounds around her head and neck from the deadly scuffle, CTV News reports.
The cougar charged Austin Forman as he was collecting firewood from the yard of his family's home in Boston Bar, British Columbia -- near Vancouver.
"I was really scared. At first, I didn't know it was a cougar. I thought it was another dog," Austin told the Canadian news site. "As soon as it went underneath the light, I saw that it was a cougar. I knew at that moment, I had to go inside."
Angel was at Forman's side at the time and proceeded to move between him and the wild cat.
"A cougar is eating Angel!" Forman screamed as he ran into his home.
The boy's mother, Sherri Forman, reportedly had to ask her shocked son to repeat himself numerous times.
Sherri could not see anything when she looked out the window, but she did hear Angel whimpering.
"To feel so helpless, I knew I couldn't do anything," she told ctvbc.ca in a phone interview.
On her father-in-law's suggestion, Forman called 911. An RCMP constable happened to be nearby and was reportedly on the scene within a minute.
According to police, the officer fired two rounds into the cougar, which was under the porch chewing on Angel's neck. Despite being shot in the rear, the cat continued to attack the retriever.
The officer moved within five feet of the cougar to shoot and kill it. Even in its death, the cougar's jaws remained closed on Angel's face, said Sherri Forman.
After the ordeal, Angel was silent, but then took in a gasp of air and got up.
A local animal caregiver is helping her recuperate from her wounds and a swollen eye.
In a seemingly prophetic move, Angel had been following Austin around prior to the attack.
"She must've known something was up," the boy's mother said. "Now, she's our guardian angel."