A family dog has saved the life of a young child who was ‘just seconds’ away from drowning after being sucked out to the deepest part of a river.
Hero dog Max, who’s a staffy x bulldog, swam out to the distressed child in the river mouth wearing a life jacket which had a handle the boy could hold onto.
Max was able to guide the child safely back to dry land, becoming the newest four-legged hero of Port Noarlung in South Australia.
Max’s owner Rob Osborn was standing at the riverbank when he spotted the boy in distress.
“The tide was going in and it was sucking the boy over to all of the big rocks, into a really deep part of the river over here.”
A Witness said that the boy was ‘bound to drown any second’ if the pair hadn’t raised the alarm.
But before Rob could even jump in the water himself, he noticed Max had already begun to swim out to the boy in trouble.
Mr Osborn encouraged the boy to call Max’s name and to grab the handle on the dog’s personal life jacket to swim to shore.
The proud owner said: “He’s definitely a hero, he just doesn’t know it. He was just doing what he was told.”
Max’s breed have a bad reputation for aggression, however the efforts of this hero dog may help to change this perception.
‘Max deserves a medal he is such a hero. So gentle and so brave but viewed by the world as dangerous.’