It gives us goosebumps every time we read the story of “Boo,” a Newfoundland who was awarded a medal for his heroism in 1996 by the Newfoundland Club of America. Why a medal? Because Boo rescued a deaf-mute who had fallen into a river while gold dredging.
In 1995, Boo and his owner were out for a stroll along the Yuba River in Northern California. As they made their way around a bend, the 10-month old dog spotted trouble in the water. Without hesitation, he dove into the water and swam toward a man holding onto a red gas can, desperately trying to stay afloat in the swollen current. Boo grabbed the man’s arm and pulled him safely to shore.
“The man was a deaf-mute and couldn’t call for help,” recalled Janice Anderson, Boo’s breeder of over 30 years experience. “Boo had no formal training in water rescue, it was just instinct. He picked up on the fact that there was someone in distress, and then dealt with the situation.”
Boom! Now that’s what we’re talking about when we refer to the predictability of purebred dogs.