Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Good news (for once)

*It seems like every time I turn on the news I hear scary or sad stories. I just had to share this feel good story. Pets rock!*
Tony Bailey has his very own Lassie!
Tony Bailey, 12, and Jake, the 4-year-old Labrador retriever who kept Tony from being swept away in the Platte River.The 12-year-old Omaha boy on Saturday afternoon took a step off the riverbank into the Platte River, yards from the family's cabin near North Bend, Neb.The Platte, swollen by recent rains, was deeper and faster-moving than Tony was expecting.

As soon as he hit the water, he was in literally over his head.Tony's mother, Diane Bailey, estimated that the river was 7 to 8 feet deep at that point."Usually, when it's dry, it's up to your knees — or waist, at the highest," where Tony walked in, Bailey said Monday. "He's done it a thousand other times."Tony, who will be a seventh-grader at McMillan Magnet Center in the fall, tried to swim, but the current was too strong."I thought I was going to die because it was so deep," he said.Bailey, her two other children, and her brother and sister all were sitting at a picnic table about 20 feet from the water.

But as Tony yelled for help, no one heard his cries — except Jake, the family's 4-year-old black Labrador retriever.The dog ran to the riverbank, jumped in and swam toward Tony.Jake "knew he (Tony) wasn't playing," Bailey said. "It was like he sensed something in his voice, so he jumped right in."Bailey's sister, Denise Richardson, said she was impressed with the dog's quick reaction."Boom. Jake jumped in the water," she said. "He knew Tony was in distress."

Richardson said Jake was in the water and heading for Tony before any of the adults had a chance to react.The rest of the family ran to the riverbank, Bailey said, and watched as the dog, who weighs about 85 pounds, swam downstream of Tony, who weighs about 150 pounds, then paddled back upstream toward him.

Tony then put his arms around the dog's neck, and Jake pulled him toward shore."We're standing at the bank, and Jake brought Tony right up to us," Bailey said. "We handed Tony this long net we use for fishing. He grabbed that," and the family pulled Tony up.Jake got out on his own.

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