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)

Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

New Study Shows Dogs Do Not Return the Favor after Strangers Feed Them
Dog in Water
Kayakers Find a Dog That Was Missing For Six Days
Garbage Truck Driver Saves Dog in Dumpster from Getting Crushed
Dogs in Shelter
Dublin Kids Raise Money to Help Dog Shelters as Many Are at Capacity, Strained
Border Collie Boston Terrier Cane Corso Chihuahua Corgi French Bulldog German Shepherd Golden Retriever Great Dane Pit Bulls Rottweiler Siberian Husky Tibetan Mastiff
Norfolk Terrier
The Top Five Norfolk Terrier Mixes
10 Things You Didn’t Know about The Malchi
10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Sheltidoodle
Dog Tips
Tips on How to Have a Dog-Friendly Barbecue in the Summer
The Reason Why Small Dogs Can be so Fierce
The Reason Why Pit Bulls Can’t Swim Well
Preparing a Dog For When You Return to the Office
Acupuncture Dogs
Can Acupuncture Help Your Dog During Illness?
Molly the Dog
Owner Documents Dog’s Radiation Journey to Treat Tumor
What to Do if your Dog Has a Zinc Deficiency
Five Reasons Your Dog Could Be Panting and Restless