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‘Rescue’ dog lives up to the name

When 15-year-old Chucky fell into the family pool in Boksburg, South Africa, his buddy Jessie worked tirelessly for 34 minutes to rescue him. Chucky is a Pomeranian and Jessie, a rescue from the local SPCA, is a 7-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier. Their owners, Byron and Melissa Thanarayen, were away when the accident happened and returned home to find Chucky’s head inexplicably wet; a security camera revealed what had happened.

Jessie received an award and treats from the SPCA. And the Thanarayens plan to install a pool cover in the near future to make sure this can’t happen again.

Chucky the Lucky (Melissa Thanarayen)
Jessie the hero (Melissa Thanarayen)


    • I was in tears watching that little guy struggle. I’m amazed he lasted as long as he did, and SO glad Jessie was there to help him out. Maybe he knew where the steps were and was just panicked, or maybe couldn’t see them from his low point of view.

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