Thank goodness for those good Samaritans on their surfboards.
Matt Smolenski, a surfer, rescued a black and brown mixed breed dog that was swept off a pier and into Lake Michigan by a wave. He grabbed the struggling dog’s collar at the same time the dog stopped dog-paddling.
He put the dog on the surfboard, and the dog rode the surfboard to dry land. Smolenski fought the large waves and a strong current to bring the tired dog to shore.
“I’ve watched the dog about a million times,” said Smolenski. “He barks at the waves and then jumps back when they wash up on the pier.”
A witness said the waves were so large, and since the dog wasn’t on a leash, the waves swept both the dog and the owner off of their feet. The dog tried to swim but struggled because the waves were so large. The owner was yelling for his dog.
Smolenski said the dog’s owner thanked him and gave him a high five, but left in such rush, he couldn’t even get his or the dog’s name.
Source: Associated Press
Photo: Don and Joan Dobbin