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Man saved by puppy
With all the dismal news flying around at the moment, I thought I'd link to a happier tale.

Man saved by Mumbles RNLI lifeboat thanks puppy

Not the clearest of headlines, but basically a swimmer got into trouble and was in danger of drowning. Fortunately a member of the Mumbles Lifeboat crew was out walking his young dog along the beach. The man hadn't noticed the desperate swimmer, but the puppy did and kept barking in his direction until his owner noticed. Wilson the Doberman doesn't like water, apparently, and I could imagine him going, "OMG!! There is a PERSON out in that horrible COLD WET STUFF! OMG!! THAT CAN'T BE RIGHT!!!"

Anyway, the puppy's owner ran to alert the rest of the lifeboat crew and the swimmer was rescued in time. The intriguing part (possible story seed alert!) is that this is not the first time Mike Raikes has been saved by a dog. As it says on the BBC web page:

Two years ago he said he went out for a walk on a sunny day in the Black Mountains when the weather quickly changed and he was lost in a whiteout.

"A sheep dog came out of nowhere I followed him down the mountain."

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fjm From: fjm Date: October 7th, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just saw a documentary that said dogs had four times the scent receptors that we have, so I suppose it's possible the dog smelled the distress.
la_marquise_de_ From: la_marquise_de_ Date: October 7th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
He clearly owes the canine spirits (or whatever) big time, now.
birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: October 8th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Story idea! Alert! Alert!

Nice! I was in need of a good dog story!
lady_schrapnell From: lady_schrapnell Date: October 8th, 2011 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a great story! I'm now wondering whether the guy should get his own dog to keep him out of trouble or wait in excited anticipation of his third rescue by dog.
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