Sunday, November 02, 2008

Thanks to The Journal for this article and picture

Freddie the terrier finds his sea legs

A PET dog who went missing from a Northumberland beach was found alive – nearly a mile out to sea.

Jean Brigstock with Freddie

Fishermen plucked brave cairn terrier Freddie from the waves, just off the coast of Hauxley, Northumberland.

The dog wandered into the water after getting lost in fog while out for a walk with his owner. But instead of swimming to shore, he headed out into the North Sea.

Trawlermen Jimmy and Alan Thompson thought 14-year-old Freddie was an otter at first, but when they realised he was a dog they fished him out.

A lifeboat from Amble was launched to collect the soaked pet and last night his owner, Jean Brigstock, 73, told how she had frantically searched for him.

The pensioner, from Hauxley Way, Amble, Northumberland, said: “It was a beautiful day and I was taking him on his usual walk, but all of a sudden, a heavy sea fret set in quickly and I couldn’t see Freddie any more.

“I looked for him for hours and others helped. There was no sign of him, but I was convinced he would eventually turn up.

“There is a holiday village nearby and I thought he would be there. Eventually I went home, but my daughter Wendy went out on her bike and continued the search.

“I was desperate. He’s my companion and he’s so important to me. We walk twice a day down on the beach or along the Braid.

“I knew he hated water, so I thought he’d head for the dunes rather than the sea. It really didn’t enter my head that he would swim. He rarely goes through a puddle and has an aversion to baths.”

Freddie swam against the tide and was found three quarters of a mile out to sea by the two fishermen from Red Row, Northumberland.

Mrs Brigstock has owned the dog for three years after her friend in the Midlands went into a nursing home and was no longer able to look after him.

She said: “When I found out he had been found all that way out, I felt frightened. I worried about what state he would be in.

“I’m so grateful to the two fishermen, the Coastguard and the inshore lifeboat men who took so much trouble to find him and take him to safety.”

Freddie was no worse for wear after his ordeal.

Mrs Brigstock said: “Freddie is back to his normal self. The night he was rescued, he was a little bit under the weather. But the next morning he was ready for his breakfast.”

22 comments:

Gandalf and Grayson said...

Freddie looks a lot like our Uncle Christopher's dog Missa. She had to go to the Bridge, but she sure was a wonderful woofie! We are glad that Freddie was found!

Cat with a garden said...

What a lucky dog! How many lifes do dogs have, anyway?
Purrs, Siena

Lady Banana said...

What an amazing little doggy! Good job he was found :)

Pearl C. Pritchard said...

Holy Guacamole! That poor old dog had to tread water for a long time! And it must have been cold.

What a story.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

He was a very lucky dog...

Dr Tweety of da Fab Five said...

Wow! Freddie iz a senior & he can still swim da Channel!! Go Freddie!!!
We haz missed visitin dis summer Faz, so it's good to see ya!!!
Love,
Dr Tweety

Daisy said...

I am so happy to read this happy ending! Freddie must have been exhausted after his big swim.

The Lone Beader said...

Wow! What a story! Sounds like someone was watching over little Freddie!

Tracey and Huffle said...

What a lucky pup! I am very glad he made it home safely.

Huffle Mawson

Evie/VampyVictor said...

Oh My Poor Freddie! He must be extra fit for his age! that is a whole lot of paddling!

V-V

Cats said...

What an amazing story. Freddie is very brave and it's so nice to know that he got home safe and sound. Many congrats to his fortunate human!

Kristin Joy said...
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Pablo said...

Cairn terriers are made of very stern stuff... Dorothy's Toto was a cairn terrier (in the movie, at least!).

Poppy Q said...

I am so glad that Freddie was fished out of the sea, and got back to his mum. That was a sweet story Fazzie.

Make sure you stay out of the ocean!!

Marilyn MonREOW said...

Oh wow, what a wonderful story! I'm glad Freddie is back home, safe and sound.

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn.

Sunny's Mommy said...

I am go glad Freddie was rescued!

Ariel said...

"Wow" what a wonderful amazing story.I'm so glad Freddie is okay :)

ZOOLATRY said...

What a wonderful story, we think maybe Freddie was wearing "water wings" also known as "angel wings" since we was certainly being protected...
And he is so cute, too!

The Cat Realm said...

What a great story! What an adventure! We are so happy he was found!!!! He can join the Olympic swimming team now, hahahahahahaha

Jimmy Joe said...

Wow! What a tough little doggie. Coco is very impressed.
Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

Camie's Kitties said...

What an amazing story. We are glad Freddie was found and was able to be brought back home to his mum. She must have been worried sick about him.

Tavi, Cody, Camie and Miss Jade

Mickey said...

Hi Faz!!!!
That was a great story!!! Silly doggie going IN the water!! Not something I would do ;) Good thing he was rescued!!!
Purrs Mickey