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  • My dog, Whiskey (he is a liquor/licker, get it?) absolutely fell in love with swimming in the lake by our house. We often say that Whiskey is frisky. He gets thrilled whenever we put on his life vest. He wages his tail and jumps around like a kid in a candy store. He knows that his vest means that we are going on the boat and he will get to swim. One day my dad took Whiskey out on the boat with him, like he had done many times before. This time however, a horrible accident occurred. While my dad was racing across the smooth glassy water my dog for some reason, we think he may have spotted geese rising into the air or something, did a running leap off the front of the boat. My dad tried to swerve the boat in order to avoid hitting him but it was no use. My dog was dragged under the boat where the propeller viciously tore into him. Thank goodness Whiskey was wearing a doggy life vest, it saved his life! My dog was therefore able to come to the surface after the boat ran over him and my dad was able to rescue him. Whiskey was a bloody mess. We raced to the animal hospital in hopes of saving him. 100 stitches and one horrible fractured leg later, he had survived the fatal accident. The vet said that it was lucky he had been wearing a life vest. The life vest made it so that the propeller blades didn't cut as deep into his flesh as it would have done had he not been wearing it and of course, the life vest also kept him from drowning. That accident happened about 8 years ago, my dog made a full recovery and has never since jumped of the front of the boat. Even now at the ripe age of 10 Whiskey still loves to swim and and get excited when he sees his life vest. Make sure your dog wears a life vest, as my dad always says, it is better to be safe than sorry!
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