Newfies--Canine lifeguard springs from helicopter to rescue swimmer.
Newfoundlands were bred to swim. There are stories of newfies jumping off boats and saving Napoleon who had fallen overboard. They also used to jump overboard and sailors would throw them ropes for the dogs to drag the boat to shore/dock.
They are pretty dogs too, but HUGE
Newfoundland Dogs are instinctive rescue and life saving dogs who have saved some pretty famous people. Many Newfoundlands have performed heroic feats.
Most "newfies" seem to have an instinctive drive for preserving and protecting human life, especially around water. Years back when I had a pond, it was not at all uncommon for ALL of my newfy dogs to swim out to me or one of my grandkids and let us grab hold of them , whereupon they would automatically turn and take the person to shore. They were not taught to do this, they just automatically did it. It never mattered the age of the dog...if they were in the water and there were people in the water, this was just something they would always do. And, when I would take out my little boat into the pond and throw a "bumper" overboard, they would automatically swim out and grab the bumper and take the boat to shore.
History records how Napoleon Bonaparte was saved by a Newfoundland dog. As Bonaparte tried to escape from the island of Elba in 1815, where he was exiled, when the rough seas made him lost his footing and he fell overboard. A fisherman's dog (yes, it was a Newfoundland) jumped in after the drowning man and kept him afloat. Napoleon lived to experience his own defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.
And (from Wikipedia) in the early 1900s, a dog that is thought to have been a Newfoundland saved 92 people who were on a sinking ship in Newfoundland during a blizzard. The dog retrieved a rope thrown out into the turbulent waters by those on deck, and was able to bring the rope to shore to people waiting on the beach. A breaches buoy was attached to the rope, and all those aboard the ship were able to get across to the shore.
Army National Guard Maj. Shawn Fulker is thousands of miles away serving in Afghanistan, and when his wife's birthday came around, he decided he wanted to do something very special.
Josephine Fulker loves Mellow Mushroom pizza, so her husband emailed Mellow Mushroom's corporate website on Thursday to ask whether one of the company's Jacksonville stores could deliver a pizza and a $50 gift card to his wife at their Jacksonville, Fla., home. If they could, he said, he would call the store and pay for it with his credit card.
Mellow Mushroom did one better. Unbeknownst to Shawn Fulker, a local Mellow Mushroom franchise was working to make his request even more memorable. "We had the cook make a heart-shaped pizza, and then we stopped by the nearest Publix (supermarket) to get flowers and then we picked up balloons, just to kind of make it special," Brooke Chafee, a manager at the Jacksonville store, told ABCNews.com on Monday evening.
Chafee and another employee of the store made the special delivery - which included the $50 gift card to Mellow Mushroom - in person to Fulker's home on Thursday. They didn't charge Shawn Fulker a thing.
Thanks Tom. I just added this thread to my bookmarks for the bad days.
this thread is awesome