Lab saves boys life, no doubt ruining the fun of onlooking cats:
OMAHA, Neb. — A Labrador retriever lived up to its name Friday when he plucked his 12-year-old owner out of the Platte River, near North Bend. Tony Bailey can usually swim in the river, but recent rains have pushed it up higher than normal and whipped up unusual currents. When Tony jumped into the Platte on Friday, he was quickly sucked in. “It was, like, over my head and I couldn’t touch,” he said. He was only a few feet away from the shore, but the river current was strong enough that it was pulling him down and under. He said his cries for help weren’t being heard by anyone, except Jake, the 4-year-old Lab. “I was saying, ‘Help, help,’ and I saw him jump in, and then my head went under, and when I came up, he was right here by me,” Tony said. Tony said the dog swam out next to him and he grabbed the dog’s neck. The dog swam back to shore with the boy in tow.