This is the dramatic moment a paraplegic man managed to rescue his ‘drowning’ Rottweiler from a swimming pool despite the dog being too heavy for him to lift out.
Darren Thomas was indoors alone on the morning of February 17 when he heard his pet dog Cassius, four, crying loudly at home in Cape Town, South Africa.
The 40-year-old security business director found his 110lb dog – who ‘cannot or will not swim’ – struggling in the family pool where he had fallen in 25 minutes earlier.
Mr Thomas – who has been in a wheelchair since he was shot 14 years ago defending his family home – tried to lift Cassius out on his own, but it proved impossible without risking tipping himself out of his wheelchair.
So instead, Mr Thomas slowly but patiently guided Cassius around almost half the swimming pool – moving the dog’s paws along the side as he clung on to the edge.
Once he was finally at the steps Cassius was able to climb out on his own.
Mr Thomas shared the footage on Instagram, commenting: ‘I have had 2 Rotties and one thing they are renowned for doing is swimming… well not mine. He cannot or will not swim and won’t, no matter what we do.’
He added: ‘I was just talking to Cassius telling him I was going to get him out. It was amazing because he just looked at me totally trustingly and didn’t fight me at all as I pulled him across.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Stewart Carr