Here’s another remarkable incentive to consider bringing a canine companion into your life: they have the potential to rescue you from a perilous shark encounter, as highlighted by pintiks.
In Sonoma County, California, James White was enjoying a fishing expedition from the shore when he felt an intense pull on his fishing line. Engaging in a tenacious battle to reel it in, he soon realized the reason for the resistance—a formidable 6-foot-long seven-gill shark was at the other end.
Initially intending to remove the hook from the shark, James found himself taken aback as the creature swiftly twisted and lunged, sinking its teeth into his ankle.
“The moment it happened, blood was everywhere. The initial bite punctured an artery. The panic was overwhelming,” recounted White during an interview with NBC Bay Area.
Desperately crying out for assistance, fortune favored James as his loyal one-year-old pitbull, Darby, awaited patiently in a parked car a few yards away.
Responding to the urgent pleas of his human companion, Darby somehow managed to unlatch one of the car doors. With remarkable agility and determination, he raced to James’s side, ready to come to the rescue.
Initially, Darby instinctively bit into the shark’s gills, unwittingly causing the predator to clench its jaws even tighter around James’s injured ankle.
“I told him, ‘No, back off,'” James recounted. “And then he repositioned himself and grabbed the shark by the tail. He actually sprinted up the hill, dragging it off my leg.”
Subsequently, James swiftly returned the shark to the water, where it swam away. He firmly believes that, were it not for Darby’s intervention, the outcome could have been far graver, as the shark had the potential to sever an artery.
Undoubtedly, Darby has rightfully earned the title of a hero within their family.
Additional Reading: An Inspiring Encounter: Approaching a Dog Overburdened by Chains and Witnessing the Owner’s Transformation