Stranger Strips Down And Jumps In Raging Waters To Save Old Dog From Being Swept Away

Written by: Levity Tomkinson

May 23, 2016

When Sara Melnicoff’s 13-year-old dog, Carli – who’s arthritic and senile – was unexpectedly swept into the waters of Mill Creek, she was doing all she could to just tread water.

In a Facebook post that has since been shared almost 5,000 times, Sara wrote:

I saw [Carli] rush by, unable to do more than keep her head above water. I was running along the creek, calling her name…

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Just as Sara was about “to take [her] shoes off and go in the water to try to get [Carli],” a complete stranger sprang into action to help save Carli.

…This young man appeared out of nowhere and stripped down to his boxers. He plunged into the water, making his way along the slippery rocks, while the powerful currents of the water rushed all around him. He managed to get a hold of Carli down stream some distance.

It seemed as if this man’s actions came just when they were needed as Sara wrote that Carli was “shaking like a leaf and didn’t have much energy left.”


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Incredibly grateful to this man’s saving of her furry companion, Sara wanted to give back to him just a portion of what he gave to her and Carli.

I was very shaken and teary when he brought Carli to me. I asked him his name and gave him a huge hug. I asked him what his favorite charity was so I could donate in his name and he told me he runs a non-profit!

Read the full Facebook post here:

Bobby L’Heureux, the man who saved Carli, runs Big Heart, Big Hands, a non-profit that “raises money for mountain rescue organizations, supports the awareness and implementation of mountain safety education, and assists with funding for those who have been rescued and their families.”

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If you’d like to send your own thanks to Bobby for saving Carli and donate to Big Heart, Big Hands, you may do so by going to their website and clicking the “Donate” button in the upper right-hand corner.

Featured image via Sara Melnicoff/Facebook

Written by: Levity Tomkinson

May 23, 2016

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