A Fairfax resident ended up jumping into a pond off of Bel Marin Keys Boulevard on Tuesday morning, successfully rescuing a runaway Chihuahua from almost certain death. “I followed it in my car and it kept going and going,” said Steve Atz, a glassblower. “It finally got to this area near the water and I got out of the car.”
By now several other people were involved in the chase. Before anyone could grab the dog it jumped into the water, Atz said. Fairfax resident Patrick O’Brien, who had been in the area buying lumber, saw the commotion and got involved.
“This dog was tearing down the street and then jumped into the water,” said O’Brien, a photographer. “It just kept swimming and swimming and these geese started coming in and who knows what they were going to do to it.” Fearing the dog would drown, O’Brien, 49, took off his shirt and shorts and jumped into the cold water to get the dog.
“I just couldn’t let the dog drown,” he said. “When I got to her she was freaking out and bit me a little, but I was able to get her back to shore.”
It was decided to take the pooch to the nearby Marin Humane Society, but before that could happen the dog’s owner arrived. She told the rescuers she had adopted the dog three days prior and it had slipped its collar while out for a walk, O’Brien said.
“It was a strange morning. Getting into the water was the last thing I thought I’d be doing,” he said. Story via