Friday, October 25, 2013

Heard Of Swansea Jack...?

Sometimes our animal friends can do things that really amaze us! This is one such case, that's for sure!

I reckon we will never know just what causes animals to do these types of things, especially when many of them don't always get treated well. Maybe we could take some lessons from our 4 legged friends!

Swansea Jack



Swansea Jack was a black retriever who lived with his owner William Thomas near the River Tawe in Swansea, Wales, during the 1930s. One day, Jack saw a small boy drowning in the river and ran in, pulling the boy to shore by the scruff of his neck. There was no one around to see it, and had circumstances been different, the boy would probably have spent the rest of his life telling the story to people who would never believe him. But Jack wasn’t done. Within a few weeks, Jack rescued another swimmer, this time with witnesses in attendance. And then another. And another. And so on. Over the course of the next decade, Jack was reported to have saved at least 27 people from, presumably, the most dangerous river and docks in Wales.

For his efforts over the course of his lifetime, Jack was given a silver collar by Swansea council, the Bravest Dog of the Year Award, a silver cup from the Mayor of London, and his very own statue. That’s more accolades than your average Batman. And he’s still recognized today—he was probably the inspiration for the nickname of Premier League football team Swansea FC, “The Swansea Jacks.”

This story makes me feel good all over. Even though I'm a cat lover, dogs are great also. In fact, if I didn't live in the big city, I would have me one or two dog friends! After all, ya can't have too many friends of good character, right? Right!

Coffee out on the patio this morning. About 54 degrees, so wear a sweater!

12 comments:

Linda said...

I had heard of Swansea Jack.

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
Pretty cool dog, wasn't he?

Thanks for coming by today!

Chickenmom said...

That was a good story, Mr. Hermit! We have you beat with the temperature - it's 26 here. I'll bring some hot corn muffins!

linda m said...

That is a heart warming story. They don't call the dog "Man's best Friend" for nothing. 28 here this morning. Have a great weekend.

Sixbears said...

I want to be the person my dog thinks I am. They can be amazing creatures.

Momlady said...

Great story Mr. Hermit. It's nice to hear something good rather than all the bad stuff being shoved down our throats. Is it me or does it seem cooler than usual this time of year?

JO said...

Great story. Yes they are mans best friend.

50 here this morning and lower temps this afternoon. Happy about that for sure. Pass the pot please.

Dizzy-Dick said...

I am happy surrounded by dogs. We are down to three now. They are our family.

Gorges Smythe said...

I've always said that dogs make the best people.

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
That's way too cold for me! I'll take my cool 50's anytime!

Thanks for coming over today!



Hey Linda M...
We all need a good story like this once in a while, right?

Thanks for coming by this morning!



Hey Sixbears...
Animals loyalty is unconditional, that's for sure!

Thanks for stopping by today!



Hey Momlady...
I think you're right about the weather! Not a good time to be down with a cold!

Glad you liked the story!

Thanks for dropping in today!



Hey Jo...
For once our weather is about the same! Pretty nice!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming over today!



Hey Dizzy...
You certainly could have worse company!

Thanks for dropping in today!



Hey Gorges...
Now that is surely the truth!

Thanks for the visit today!

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

Some dogs, especially retrievers and NewFoundlands behave like that. They can always tell when someone b´needs help. I'm afraid that my dogs just would watch me sink since they hate to swim :-) :-) :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Felinae said...

Thanks for the story, what an amazing dog. :) Have a wonderful weekend, Uncle Hermit.

Hugs
~Felinae~