Dog Fetches Woman from River

Brenda Owen was walking her golden labrador retriever Penny by the Elwy River in St. Asaph, Wales when she spotted a wheelchair on the shore and a body in the water.
“I shouted: “Are you all right love?”

When there was no answer, Brenda shouted: “Fetch! fetch!” and instinctively Penny jumped into the torrent.

Brenda said: “The current was quite fast. It was obvious that the woman was unconscious and myself and the man went to help Penny who had dragged the woman back to the riverbank.

“The woman was unconscious for about five minutes and had injured herself.”

The victim, who had been reported missing from a nearby home, was taken to a hospital for treatment. Owen is proud of her ten-year-old dog.
“Penny is a very obedient dog and we’ve had her since she was a pup. She’s a local dog but this is the first time that she’s saved anybody’s life‘,” added Brenda.”

Link -via Arbroath

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My family had 2-3 Newfoundland dogs when i was a child. Every time when we had a vacation at the sea, and went into the water, the dogs would follow us. They would wrap their enormous mouths gently around our arms and pull us back on the shore.
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I wonder if the person in the water wanted to be rescued.

And what's wrong with saying "instinctively"? Some dogs have that instinct.
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I love black labs. My mom was handicapped & was unable to pick up dropped items from the floor. She would say "pick that up for momma, Becky" & My Becky would pick whatever it was up & give it back to her. Becky was 17 when she went to doggy heaven & we still miss her. Now we have a new lab, Dazy & she is learning too!
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