Patrick Dunleavy was in the right place at the right time this weekend.
While doing some yardwork for his mom as part of a belated Mother’s Day promise, Dunleavy encountered a dog that was off-leash. Dunleavy told Bungalower that when he took a break from the yard work to approach her, the collar-less dog ran off and jumped into nearby Lake Highland.
The dog tried to get up on a dock further down the shoreline but couldn’t pull itself up, so it spun around and swam deeper into the middle of the lake, where it continued to swim in frantic circles, quickly exhausting itself.
So Dunleavy quickly hopped on his paddleboard, paddled out to the middle of the lake, and hauled the dog up on the board before towing the board and the dog safely to the shore. He and his girlfriend walked the dog to nearby Loch Haven Veterinary Hospital where they were happy to discover a chip and tried to reach out to the owners – who didn’t respond.
Dunleavy and his family were scheduled to leave town the next day so they made the tough decision to leave the dog in the shelter – who reported that they found the owner and that she is home safe.
The Dunleavy family would love to hear from the dog’s family and see the dog again if possible. If you’re the owner, let us know and we’ll put you in contact for a little reunion.
Also, kudos to Patrick for jumping in and being a real cool dude and saving the dog.