A golden retriever was caught sight of at Barnegat Bay, & found to be needing rescuing. Police officers got in an inflatable rapid assault vessel to catch up with the canine.
The pooch was found to be about ¾ of the length of a football field from shore. The pup, being skittish, wouldn’t get on the boat. Instead, the vessel was used as a herding tool to guide the dog to ‘terra firma’. A rope was then used to get it on a private dock attached to a house.
The pooch was reported to be ‘doggone’ tired (couldn’t help myself). It definitely looked malnourished, neverminded being hungry. This retriever, being 3y/o, suddenly bolted while doing ‘fetch’ with its caregivers.
It then ran into the woods. Kudos to the community that during the declared disappearance, people pitched in at different levels. Social media got involved through a search feature. The local police, as well as their respective departments, were also on alert.
Even baited traps were set. Hounds were used on trails. Wildlife cameras were also recruited for dog surveillance. But none of that brought immediate results. It was on a Tuesday morning, early in the day, over two weeks after, that it finally paid off.
From a bridge, a couple of joggers recognized the lost dog in the same place they were at. But the retriever seemed still spooked, as it flew into the water when the people tried to grab at the pooch. By the time they got to the canine later in the day, it had gone a couple of miles swimming through the bay.
Amazing when thinking about it, in spite of the ordeal it had already gone through. Even after the police got the dog on land, it would still be pulling away from the officers. But they were able to hold onto Rover until the owners were able to get there.
That’s when the pooch showed signs of happiness to see known faces again.
May this also serve as a cautionary tale. To preemptively think ahead of how to prepare a dog for a healthy reaction if it suddenly gets scared for whatever reason. Even while engaged in doing something with its owners.