Laurie and Jay Becerra couldn’t understand how their dog, Smokey, got so sopping wet. He wasn’t a good swimmer and always had the good sense to stick to the shallow end of the pool at their home in Mesa, Arizona.
But the soggy dog mystery was solved shortly after the April 28 incident, when they checked footage from the security camera on the back patio.
Laurie’s daughter’s dog, Remus, had stopped by for a play date with Smokey, and the two got a little too adventurous. They somehow managed to break out of the fenced area where they were playing and headed toward the pool. This is Arizona, after all. Nothing like a little dip in the pool to cool off.
But then the unthinkable happened: Smokey fell in near the deep end.
In the CCTV footage, Smokey desperately flails, trying to climb back up over the edge of the pool, while Remus frantically paces back and forth.
But he seems to sense Smokey can’t do it on his own, and time is running out. It doesn’t take long for Remus to jump in after him and start a heroic rescue operation.
He gets up under Smokey and uses his head to push him up, until Smokey’s finally able to get a footing and clamber back to solid ground.
What a good boy! Remus probably knows how to perform CPR and chest compressions, too, but fortunately, they weren’t necessary. Both dogs just kind of shook themselves off and were none the worse for wear, probably forgetting about the entire incident within minutes.
But after seeing that dramatic video? It would’ve been a crime for the Becerras not to share it so Remus gets all the credit he deserves.
“When we saw the footage we were amazed and our hearts filled with joy,” Laurie said, adding her daughter “cried when we sent her the video. She says he’s a certified lifeguard now.”
But if this ever happens again, Remus may not be around to save him. So Smokey’s owners went out and bought him a life jacket and he’s now learning how to swim.
We all know dogs come to the rescue in any number of ways for their families and friends, but it’s especially nice to catch the heroism in action.
Check out the full CCTV footage in the clip below, and share to spread thanks to Remus for coming to his friend’s aid!