Swimming out to Sea

Swimming out to Sea

I had a look at the paper after lunch and saw the article about the man who went into the sea to rescue his dog when it went swimming out to sea. It was actually on our beach on Sunday that the dog, who was known to love chasing seagulls, decided to swim to the Isle of Man to get one!

Well that’s not quite true is it, but the dogs owner who had his children with him at the time, decided that his one year old Springer Spaniel was swimming out too far and had been in the water for too long. Seagulls apart, the dog wasn’t going to come back to shore for nobody, so the owner decided to go in and rescue him. While he wasn’t too worried about being in the water at that point, he soon discovered that it was the coldness of the water that was too much for him.

The sea was quite choppy but with the owner, thinking he wasn’t going to get his seagull chasing dog back in a hurry, started throwing pieces of food into the air to attract the seagulls back away from the dog to shore in the hope that the dog would follow them. By this time there was quite an audience forming to watch what was going on and with people giving the man food to tempt his dog back I’m surprised that we didn’t see or hear a thing. By this time, the owner was up to his neck in water, and very cold water at that, and as we all know you don’t get into the sea when the water is so cold as the temperature affects your body in no time at all.

Apparently there were about 60 people gathering on the beach to try and help (or just watch) but when the owner got nearer to his dog he started to come back and swimming to get the dog he managed to grab his collar and get back to shore with him. The crowd clapped and cheered when they came out of the water and again kind people gave them towels to dry them off. Rescue teams had been called out and the lifeboat was launched but didn’t get any further than that presumably when they found that the dog and owner had got out of the sea. The lifeboat people advise anyone who has a dog in the water, not to go out yourself to get them back as they usually get out by themselves eventually.

Many a dog has caused a death

There has been quite a few incidents over the years of people going into the sea to try and get a dog out of the water. Sadly, with many fatalities. The trouble is, dog owners really love their pets and it is so difficult to watch one struggling in the sea and do nothing. I suppose a knee jerk reaction kicks in and not thinking about our own safety, we go headlong into a dangerous sea.

I had a Cavalier King Charles spaniel who was a nightmare when he went to the coast. We first found out when we went to a beach on a day out and Toby decided to swim for it, in a straight line to goodness knows where. He wasn’t coming back for anyone so Kevin, in shorts (luckily), raced after him and managed to get him back before it was too late.

We later found out that every time he was off his lead (when he was younger that is) and by the sea he ignored me and went in a straight line every time, swimming away to I don’t know what, so that cooked his chips for him. Every time we visited a beach, which was quite often, he went on his lead and stayed on it, away from harm in the sea. When the owner of the dog knew his dog was a bird chaser surely he should have had him on a lead to prevent what could have been really awful from happening. I didn’t trust my dog any more on a beach and he was always on a lead after that.

A doggy dog

Toby was a real dog’s dog all the way through him. He loved to run off in search of all exciting smells that a male dog does. When Kevin had enough of chasing after him for ages, in his wellies usually, back on his lead he went. As Toby got older and got more sense, he was perfectly happy to be off his lead and enjoy his freedom but never ever ran off again and always kept quite close to me.

I have loved all my dogs with a passion, but would I risk drowning to save them? I don’t think anyone can answer that question until you have been in their place. I suppose I would get as far as paddling to my knees and then that would be that as I’m a little shall we say ‘elderly’ and haven’t swum for many years. So maybe my cowards side would kick in and hope that my dog saw sense and came back!

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