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Bailey to the Rescue

Bailey to the Rescue

Being a Goldendoodle one would think I loved to swim, truth be told I am more of a wader.

I do enjoy the water if I am floating on a raft in the pool or splashing in puddles or in the bathtub. That was true until that fateful day when I sensed my human was in trouble and was in need of being saved.

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A few summers ago my pawrents took me to Rhode Island. We were 5 minutes from the beach staying at a house with a beautiful yard overlooking the ponds that connect to the ocean. It was awesome I loved hanging at the beach everyday and relaxing by the house.

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One afternoon my human #2 decided to go out onto the pond in something called a kayak. I stayed back with human#1. I watched human #2 climb into the boat and drift out to sea. My danger alert went off in a big way!

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I started running back and forth barking wondering what was wrong with my mom who just kept sitting in her lounge chair reading. I finally got her attention only to have her hold me by the collar so I couldn’t run.

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I said to myself, this isn’t going to happen on my watch and I slipped my collar and raced into the water.

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I swam as fast as I could with no regard for my own safety or realizing that it was the first time I had ever actually swam. I could hear my mom screaming to my dad “turn around, turn around Bailey is in the water” Eventually he did turn around and the kayak started to come closer.

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I wasn’t taking any chances I kept swimming until I was right next to the boat and then I swam alongside the kayak until we got back to shore.

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Mom stood at the shoreline in panic mode, she had a camera in her hand but didn’t think to take pictures until my dad shouted “take pictures”. After an exhausting swim and rescue I got my dad safely back to shore.

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I was pretty pleased with myself and started wondering what kind of hero’s welcome awaited. Much to my dismay the only thing coming was a humiliating cold water hose down something about salt water that needed to be rinsed off.

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Actually my parents do beam with pride and tell the story of my selfless bravery often so I guess they did recognize I was a hero. Not only did I save my Dad, I overcame my fear of swimming and now there is no stopping me.

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