“Daring Do”

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Daring Do.”

Tell us about the time you rescued someone else (person or animal) from a dangerous situation. What happened? How did you prevail?


Many years ago, I took my dog Kassie, a one year old black Labrador Retriever to the lake for a swim in the middle of January and the temperature was around 32 degrees on a cloudy overcast winters day.

She was walking ahead of me off of the leash, when she went into the water from the shoreline and swam out twenty or thirty yards and swam back where she shook off the water.

I carried a large beach towel to dry her off and wrap her in, but she ran towards the newly installed floating dock like a child seeing a new toy.

She ran to the floating dock and took a flying jump into the water, and immediately she began to flail her front paws in a panic attempting to swim.

I was fraught with shock and horror and ran out to the dock, and jump into the lake to save my Kassie. However, just as I landed in the soft cold mud, the water’s depth was just over five feet, and Kassie, miraculously regained her swimming ability.

While I stood in waist deep water, with my white athletic sneakers, in five or six inches of mud, my Kassie, dog paddled away from me while barking at some Canadian geese.

I struggled to move my feet and keep my shoes on as I trudged my way out of the lake towards the shoreline, thinking I have to walk three-tenths of a mile, to my home in the middle of January soaking wet.

As soon as I walked onto the shoreline, Kassie runs towards me to put her leash on and we begin our walk home with the beach towel wrapped around my waist and my soggy muddy shoes.
I never understood why she panicked, however, I guess my Kassie didn’t realize that jumping in the water may have taken her breath away, since it was her first time jumping from the dock into the water.

An hour or so later after a hot shower, starting a fire in the fireplace, and sipping a large cup of coffee, with Kassie laid across my feet, warming them, as she looked up at me with those eyes, I realized we rescued each other.

With me, jumping into the water, to show her the water was not too deep, and she warming my feet, that were still chilly from the lake.



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