Max is a bulldog/Staffordshire Terrier mix who lives in Australia with his owners. Several years ago they took him from a shelter. The dog was unsociable and timid, but he quickly became comfortable around people who loved him.
“When we got him, he was a bit antisocial,” Jamie Osborn told The Dodo. “If we were patting him too much, he’d get up and walk away. These days, Max is a completely different dog. He’s always happy! He’s really loving and gives us lots of love and affection.”
Now Max loves people, is not afraid, and gladly comes into contact with them. And he loves swimming more than anything else in the world, spending a lot of time on beaches during his walks. According to his owners, it is very difficult to get him out of the water – he has to swim a lot.
“We have kayaks and he likes to swim along with us as we paddle, so we got him a life jacket so he wouldn’t get too worn out,” Osborn said. “Rob likes to surf and snorkel, so Max can often be seen at the beach hanging with the surfers waiting for a wave. Max was just swimming around, wearing his life jacket, having a great time when the young boy got into trouble,” Osborn added. “Rob had the boy call Max over. Max was just doing what he loves best — swimming.”
Max’s owners swim in kayaks and often take him with them, so they bought him a special life jacket. And recently this dog proved that he can even save someone’s life thanks to his love of swimming.
That day, Max was relaxing on the beach with his owner. The dog’s owner, Rob, noticed a little boy screaming in the ocean in the distance. He was caught in a strong current and was struggling to swim to shore.
Seeing the boy, Rob commanded Max to swim toward him. The owner also shouted for the boy to call the dog by name. At that moment, the dog was in the water not far from the boy and immediately paid attention to him.
When Max swam up to the boy, he grasped his life jacket with his hands, and then the owner called the pet to the shore. They successfully swam to shore and were safe. The boy was met by his worried parents, and luckily he was all right.
Max became a real hero – everyone stroked him and thanked him for that day. The Australian media even made a news report about him. Such a four-legged hero!