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Incredible Video: Dog Involved in Tragic DUI Accident Swims Half-Mile to Kayaker

Imagine you’re fishing in your kayak, and instead of reeling in a fish, you end up with a dog. That’s exactly what happened to one Tampa-area kayaker on Saturday afternoon, in a story that is both incredible and tragic.

As the man was fishing, he saw the dog — named Barney — swimming to his kayak. He eventually scooped him up and took him to a local vet. It just so happened that he had a camera rolling during the whole incident:

Video:  Sometimes when you’re fishing, strange things happen…like, dogs swim up to you

But the story doesn’t end there. The kayaker, who was baffled as to how and why Barney — who swam about a half-mile — got to him, then learned the tragic news. CBSTampa.com explains:

The man brought Barney to a local vet, who used a tracking chip implanted in him to discover his owner was Donna L. Chen, who was struck by a Nissan Altima and died moments before.

Florida Highway Patrol said Blake Talman, 22, was fleeing from an earlier crash in his Nissan Altima northbound on SR-758 when he struck Chen and Barney.

The two were jogging north on SR-758 when Talman allegedly failed to navigate a left curve causing him to leave the roadway and strike a metal pole before hitting Chen and a street sign. Chen was knocked from the sidewalk into the center of the road, reports indicate.

Barney took off, though there is no mention of him in the report.

Talman, the driver, currently is in Jail. He faces charges including DUI manslaughter and DUI property damage and personal injury.

(H/T: Drudge)  and ADDITIONAL UPDATE: the mystery is solved. However, it’s very sad and unfortunate

January 12, 2012 Posted by | animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pets | , , , | Leave a comment


Petty Officer Jon T. Tumilson was laid to rest Friday in Rockford, Iowa, where an estimated 1,500 mourners came to pay respects for the fallen Navy SEAL, including his dog Hawkeye. In fact, Hakeye’s loyalty to his owner at the funeral was visible, creating a heart-wrenching image as he laid down by the casket of his owner during the entire service:

(Photo credit: Lisa Pembleton)

KIMT-TV captured the scene on video:  HERE

The 35-year-old Tumilson died Aug. 6, when a rocket-propelled grenade disabled the helicopter he was in. It crashed, killing 30 Americans and eight Afghans. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

“‘Hawkeye is/was his loyal ‘son’,” wrote Tumilson’s cousin Lisa Pembleton in an email to The Blaze.  ”To say that he was an amazing man doesn’t do him justice. The loss of Jon to his family, military family and friends is immeasurable.”

Fellow Navy SEALS told KIMT-TV that Jon was someone with unmatched work ethic and character.

Last week hundreds of people were out at the airport to welcome the plane that returned his remains home, video from Northern Iowa Today:

Video:  Slain Soldier Comes Home

Perry Beeman of the Des Moines Register writes that Tumilson wrote a class paper when he was 15 about how he wanted to spend the next 20 years as a Navy SEAL:

“‘J.T. was going to be a Navy SEAL come hell or high water,’ friend Scott Nichols said of Tumilson, who was born in Osage on July 1, 1976, the nation’s bicentennial year, and grew up in Rockford.

Outside the service at the Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock gym, two cranes hoisted a huge U.S. flag in Tumilson’s honor.

‘If J.T. had known he was going to be shot down when going to the aid of others, he would have went anyway,’ said Boe Nankivel, another friend.

Tumilson leaves behind parents George and Kathleen, sisters Joy and Kristie, many nieces, nephews and cousins, and of course, Hawkeye.

A relative of Tumilson wrote to the Blaze that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Frogman238 Memorial Fund, First Security Bank and Trust, 201 West Main Ave., Rockford, Iowa 50468, (641)756-3361, to honor Tumilson’s memory.

(H/T: Fresh 1025 radio) -  Reposted at the Blaze

This is an amazing story of loyalty and love and when you read stories like this you have to wonder how smart dogs… pets… animals… really are!  There was a study showing that ‘Dogs Have The Intelligence of a Human Toddler’ I believe that is true for some measurable abilities, but I think their intelligence is probably much higher in other areas when you hear about dogs who find their families clear across the country and even clear across the world, who pine away from loneliness for their owners, who figure out that concepts like riding the subway (like in Moscow to find food and to keep them out of the cold in the winter) and who sit and wait for their owners at train stations for their owners to return. And we know that dogs (animals) have heightened senses (like smell) that far surpass human’s.  We are also realizing and seeing, like in the touching story above that animals’ loyalty, compassion and feelings or sensitivities for humans and other animals are much greater than most people have given them credit for.

They often fight for us, serve us in many ways, make us smile, protect us, inspire us and most of all love us…

I recently had someone say to me, “I’m at the top of the food chain and therefore I eat first and deserve the best of what we have and then the pets get what is left!”  (It is also how she treats the people who work for her!) At our house we all share since I cook for our dogs and sometimes they get the best of what there is in the house that day because they can’t eat the other.  I prayed for that women!  But I really prayed for her dog… and all those out there who have it much worse.

Update:  Retired Disabled Military Dog Rocky Has Been Saved!

August 25, 2011 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Unusual Stories | , , , | 17 Comments

Pint-Sized Chihuahua Successfully Thwarts Armed Robbers!

A ten pound Chihuahua named Paco proved to be more than just a cute face when he actually defended his owner’s tobacco shop from an armed robbery. The lovable pooch is seen in this great video chasing off the robbers while nipping at their heels. Clearly, Paco must think himself Doberman.

ABC brings us the heartwarming report and video:  Chihuahua Stops Armed Robber

Source:  The Blaze

July 21, 2011 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, animal behavior, animals, Chihuahua, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Waiting For Our Humans To Come Back (Photos)

Top of Steps at Jerry and Connies

Outing to Hulett 021211-5

Stair Patrol

Miley Mae

Pepper and Princess Watching the Snow

Our Favorite Visitor Noah  - Retired Sheep Dog 3

Sundance Wyoming - Our New Home 4

Princess - Bob, Kimi, Gabe and Zack - July 17, 2009

Pepper at His Favorite Spot

Waiting For Company - Bob, Kimi, Gabe and Zack - July 17,2009

Our Favorite Visitor Noah  - Retired Sheep Dog 8

Pups, Flowers and Home June 2009 005

Angelina Worried About Her Dad's Bandaged Foot - 05.01.10

Pups, Flowers and Home June 2009 004


By Ask Marion  -  Photos by the UCLA Shutterbug

June 12, 2011 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal and Pet Photos, animals, Chihuahua, Chiweenie, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, On The Lighter Side, Pets, responsible pet ownership, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Dog Saves Owner – Campground closes after mountain lion attacks dog



A campground in Cleveland National Forest has been closed tonight as authorities search for a mountain lion that mauled a dog earlier today as he tried to protect his owners.

William and Candy Morse were taking their black Labrador mix, Hogie, for a walk near the Blue Jay campground when a mountain lion appeared ahead of them on a trail at about 1 p.m., according to Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino.

The attack occurred near the Falcon Crest gate off Ortega Highway, Amormino said. The lab intervened at the moment the cat was going to attack his owner, William, and probably saved his life.  William said he is sure that Hogie save his life and was moved to tears as he talked about the incident and the loyalty and bravery of his dog.

The dog underwent surgery at Clinton Keith Veterinary Hospital and received approximately 40 stitches. Hogie is doing well and has left the hospital.

The Morses rescued Hogie about 3-years ago just before he was to be euthanized.  Today Hogie rescued them.

By, Marion Algier/Ask MarionJust One More Pet

May 6, 2009 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Just One More Pet, Pets, Stop Euthenization, Success Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments