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Dolphins Save Dog From Drowning
Doberman exhausted but safe

An 11-year old Doberman named Turbo escaped from his yard and was missing for 15 hours, much of which he may have spent struggling not to drown in a canal near his home in Marco Island, Fla. During his absence, his family searched for him throughout the streets near their home, but never thought to check in the water.

Turbo owes his life to two dolphins that apparently stayed with him in the canal and assisted him. The dolphins’ splashing and thrashing made so much noise that a neighbor on his boat was alerted and spotted the dog, who was clearly struggling. The man called 911 and his wife jumped in to the canal to assist the dog. When firefighters arrived, they pulled the dog to safety.
Turbo is absolutely fine, though he was exhausted from his ordeal. Once Turbo was safely out of the water, the dolphins swam away. Dolphins are well known for their habits of being helpers at sea. Many people have been prevented from drowning by dolphins, and now Turbo has joined that club, too.


Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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Submitted by Leisa Leigh Swanson | March 2 2011 |

Dr John Upledgers Florida Institute is a healing institute.. People with problems of all kinds come.. they go out in the bay with their therapists.. dolphins come and assist in the healing process.. You see "miracles" from these dolphins assistance daily... Truely Devine

Submitted by Puppysearch | March 2 2011 |

This story is such a great one about inter species relationships. I love to hear about the intelligence and empathy in other creatures! Free Pet Classifieds

Submitted by Nichole | March 3 2011 |

What a wonderful story!

Submitted by Dustin | March 4 2011 |

That's amazing! I've heard of dolphins saving people from drowning before, but this is definitely the first time I've ever heard of an animal saving the life of another animal, and one from a different species. Truly incredible.

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