Metallica’s James Hetfield Phones Woman Who Used Their Music to Scare Off Cougar

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It seems using Metallica’s music to keep a marauding cougar at bay not only insures your life and dog’s safety but it also bags you a phonecall from the frontman himself!

Denise Gallant from Vancouver Island claims she received the call after her story recently went viral.

A report from Fox News said the 45-year-old, Dee Gallant from Vancouver was indebted to the heavy metallers for saving her and her dog’s life after she used their song “Don’t Tread on Me” to scare off a cougar on a lonely logging road.

“The first three, four notes of the intro and he was just gone,” Gallant informed CTV News.

It became apparent that the band was aware of Gallant’s stand-off with the cougar when axeman Kirk Hammett shared the article on his Facebook account just last week.

Gallant said a Metallica rep phoned her last week to let her know that she’d receive a call from someone in the group.

Regardless of the heads up, it was still a total surprise for her when she picked up a phone call from an unknown number and heard Hetfield’s gravelly voice on the other end of the receiver. Gallant talked about the chat on CTV:

“I was a little bit lost for words. It’s surreal how quickly it happened and how far it’s gone. The fact that he’s so down to earth and such a great person, I’m very pleased to find that out first-hand.”

Spin reports that the pair hit it off, thanks to their love of dogs:

“I can’t believe he knows my dog’s name. If you had told the 18-year-old me that this would happen, I never would’ve believed it. I would’ve just fallen out of my skin with excitement.”

When the phone call finished, Gallant got a text with a selfie of Hetfield along with the message: “Thought you might like some confirmation that it was me.

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