Dog Fails to Swim Across North Sea

October 27 | 1 Comment

I thought there’d be fishsticks in the water…I love a good fishing story. You know, it’s always how the big one got away.  I know they’re being told by liars, but I enjoy the stories anyway.

My favorite one involves a bone the size of a human, with plenty of meat still on it. Dogs have claimed to have spotted it, but say it was too big to carry back home.  When they go back to retrieve it, with radio flyer in tow, it’s always gone.

Well, here’s the latest ‘fishing’ story, but the good news is, it didn’t get away. And no, it wasn’t a tire they caught, but something much more precious.

Two fishermen were left reeling in surprise when they caught a DOG a mile out at sea.

At first when they spotted the animal swimming against the tide they thought it was an otter, but when they realised that it was a dog the two lifted him on board.

Freddie, a 14-year-old cairn terrier, was later reunited with his owner – who revealed that he dislikes water so much that he hates taking a bath and avoids walking through puddles.

He had become disorientated in the fog while on a walk with owner Jean Brigstock and had slipped into the water as the 73-year-old searched frantically for him.

And instead of swimming back to shore at Amble, Northumberland, he had mistakenly struck out for the deeps of the North Sea.

I got disoriented once, turns out I peed in my food bowl and drank out of the toilet bowl. But hey, at least I didn’t find myself in the middle of the North Sea.

Mrs Brigstock said: ‘It was a beautiful day, and I was taking him on his usual walk, but all of a sudden, a heavy sea fret set in quickly, and I couldn’t see Freddie anymore.

‘I knew he hated water so I thought he’d head for the dunes rather than the sea. It really didn’t enter my head that he would swim.

But Freddie was found three quarters of a mile out to sea after a long doggy paddle and was rescued by trawlermen Jimmy and Alan Thompson from Red Row, Northumberland.

She said: ‘He looked like a drowned rat when they found him.

Well he didn’t really look like a drowned rat, because if he did, he’d be dead.


One Response to “Dog Fails to Swim Across North Sea”

  1. Kathy Wilson-Kentucky on January 21st, 2009 9:21 am

    This could have ended so differently, but I believe those fishermen were put just in the right pace by God to help this little fellow and spare his owner such grief. What a great story.

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