Staffordshire Terrier Dives into Freezing River to Save Owner


Dogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend” and that statement is as true as can be, especially in the case of Philip Skirving who practically owes his life to his canine. Philip and his Staffordshire terrier Corbin were taking a walk on a bicycle path at night on the banks of the Leven River in Alexandria in the U.K. when Philip, who is a soon-to-be father, slipped and fell into the ice cold body of water. The brave dog ended up rescuing his human, going into the water himself and dragging the man out by his clothes, undoubtedly saving his life.

“If he wasn’t there to help me, I would have drowned,” the 27-year-old admitted.

“I walk down there with him nearly every night and I just don’t know what happened,” Philip explained. “I took my eyes off where I was walking for just a second and I tripped and went straight in the water.”

According to Philip, he went into shock as soon as he hit the freezing cold water, which made it hard for him to breathe. While he was only a mere five feet away from the bank, he just couldn’t bring himself there. That was when the ever-loyal Corbin jumped into the water after him and assisted him in getting out since he couldn’t do it himself. Pulling on Philip’s clothes helped and luckily the two were able to get out of the potentially dangerous water and onto dry land. Once they were back to safety, the duo made their way back home to Philip’s partner, Zoe.

Upon arriving home, Zoe got a fright seeing Philip and Corbin drenched as they stood by the front door. It was then that they realized that Philip could have easily died, which hit Zoe a little too close to home, as she is pregnant with the couple’s baby. Thankfully the fright didn’t last too long, as the next day they were laughing about it.

Philip joked, “I think I’ll just walk him to the end of the street from now on.”

(Photo Source: Elaine Graham)

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