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Dexter - Serial Cliff DiverFirst off, I’m a big fan of the show Dexter. A vigilante, serial killer with a dry sense of humor, how could you not like it? So this story caught my eye, if only for the fact that the canine involved was named Dexter. Regardless, it’s still a tremendous tail

A couple told yesterday how their pet labrador plunged over the edge of a 115ft cliff and landed unharmed in the sea below.

Dexter the one-year-old labrador was unharmed by his fall at Old Harry Rocks

The one-year-old, named Dexter, survived the drop without injury and was even able to doggy-paddle to a lifeboat that had been called to rescue him.

The dog was with owners Jonathan and Christine Dodd, who were out for a walk at Old Harry Rocks near Swanage, Dorset, on their eighth wedding anniversary.

Mr Dodd, 40, said he and his wife were about to put Dexter on a lead when the excited dog saw the sea and jumped off the cliff.

Yeah, it was the sea that made Dexter run away and jump off a cliff. Nothing to do with the owners, I’m sure. Nothing to see here, just move along.

“I couldn’t bring myself to look over the edge as I thought he was a goner. There was no way he could have survived that fall, it was a sheer drop.

“There was a party of schoolchildren standing further along the cliff edge and they gave out a shriek when they saw Dexter go over. But then one of them said he was OK and was swimming towards the shore.”
Luckily, Dexter had bounced off the uneven surface of the cliff and the shallow water broke his fall.

But due to the secluded location of the beach the couple could not walk down to fetch him.

Mr Dodd, from Hilton, near Blandford, summoned the emergency services and the Swanage lifeboat crew arrived in a rigid inflatable boat.

Mr Dodd, whose wife is a clinical pharmacist at Salisbury hospital, said: “Dexter normally hates boats but he must have been so relieved to see this one because he doggy-paddled out towards it.

“I met the lifeboat further along the beach and I was amazed because there wasn’t a single scratch on him. He is a very white dog but he is a bit pale now after what happened.”

Becky Mack, from the Swanage lifeboat, said: “Some dogs are just incredibly lucky and Dexter is one of them.”

Some humans are lucky too. Just look at how lucky my parents are to have me.


5 Responses to “Dexter”

  1. Luckeyboy from Doggyspaces on June 12th, 2008 12:36 pm

    WOW Dexter is just like me! But I dont have no cliffs around here to try that trick! I have a river and a lake tho and I love to run and jump off this rock and land in the water OH what fun that is! I loved this story Bravo Dexter your the MAN!

  2. Dexter the Cliff Jumper on June 19th, 2009 3:46 pm

    This is Dexter here (yes, the real one I promise) – over a year and a bit later.

    I haven’t jumped off anything big for a while but I’m still as barking as ever! These days swimming in our local lake/pond and chasing squirrels is as much excitement as I can manage. I still like to keep my family (Mum ,Dad & 3 young boys) on their toes however!

    Thanks for the attention. I still need HEAPS of it!


  3. Bo on June 23rd, 2009 1:30 pm

    Holy Cow…it’s Dexter, THE Dexter!!

    Good to hear you are doing well. Life with humans is great isn’t it? Except on those rare occasions you’d rather just jump off a cliff.

    I have to ask, when you hit the water did you go in nose first? Feet first? Cannonball? Belly flop?


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