Sam, a 12-year-old black Lab from St. Pete Beach, Florida, is one lucky dog. And his owner, Mary Doherty, is one happy lady. That’s all because Susi Herrington, a tour boat captain, rescued Sam from drowning; in fact, Herrington personally jumped overboard, grabbed Sam by the collar and swam with him to a nearby dock.
Herrington works for Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Company in St. Pete, taking groups out to look for dolphins. But last week she saw something odd in the water on the Intracoastal Waterway. It was a dog in distress.
She told another captain to take over the boat. Then she jumped in, “swam over to the dog, got a hold of him by his collar, put my arm under his head and lifted his head out of the water and swam with him to a low dock. When I pulled him up, his body just flopped out.”
After Sam was able to stand up, he walked over to his home – next door.
Doherty was very happy to get Sam back. She says the aging Lab never leaves the yard. But Sam has cataracts, and Doherty think he must have just fallen into the water over the seawall. (And all this time I thought Labs were good swimmers.)