Thanks to pet dog river rescue pair
ADOG owner who jumped in a freezing cold river to rescue her pet has thanked two mystery men who helped her.
Beatrice Glover was out walking her dog, Archie, along the River Bollin behind Tesco, when the five-year-old Jack Russell leapt into the water. He became stuck in brambles when he tried to get out.
Beatrice, 24, eventually had to take the plunge herself when she realised Archie couldn’t get out, and with the help of two passers by, was able to save her dog from drowning.
Now she wants to publicly thank her mystery rescuers, who she says saved Archie’s life.
She said: “I don’t know their names but just want to say thanks very much. I thanked one man but the other walked away before I had chance. We’d probably have lost Archie that day if not for them. A lot of people walked past when they could see we were in trouble but these men did a great job.
“Without them I’d probably have lost my dog, but thanks to them he’s happy, healthy and warm.”
Beatrice was walking with her boyfriend’s mum, Margaret Baguley, 73, and her dog Freeway when Archie chose to take a dip.
She added: “It was awful. I couldn’t reach him. He was crying.
“Then two men came past, one with a dog and one on his own. The one with a dog tried offering Archie some dog treats but he still couldn’t move.
“Normally he’s good at getting out of water but this time every time every step forward he made, he went back as he was stuck in the brambles at the river’s edge.
“The men held my hand while I leaned in to try and lasso him but that didn’t work either so I just thought ‘I’m not losing my dog’ and I jumped in. It was freezing but the adrenalin kicked in.
“I grabbed Archie and gave him to one of the men, who put a lead on him, and kept him warm, while the other one gave me his hand so I could climb out. Rescuing him seemed to take forever and when I did he was so frozen he couldn’t move his back legs and I had to carry him home, where I wrapped him in blankets in front of the fire.”
Beatrice, who lives with boyfriend Jonathan Baguley on Brocklehurst Avenue in Hurdsfield and works at the David Lewis Centre, said: “Archie is a strange dog. He finds bits of water, jumps in, barks, then splashes his face. Archie’s my baby and part of the family. I think he’s a bit scared of open water now but he still jumps in the bath.”
●● Beatrice Glover with one of the two mystery men who helped her save pet dog Archie (inset)