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Pit Bull Dives Into Treacherous River, Saves Boy From Drowning

Written by: Molly Weinfurter
Molly Weinfurter is a writer for iHeartDogs, and she’s passionate about helping animals in need. She volunteers for Bailing Out Benji and a local dog rescue.Read more
| Published on March 8, 2021

When dogs are heroes, they have no idea. They just do as they’re told or do what’s right, and that’s that. But whether they know it or not, dogs who save lives deserve all the recognition in the world. And a Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Bulldog mix named Max is now one of those heroic canines.

While dogs like Max are often criticized for being a “Bully breed,” this sweet pup showed the world how sweet Pit Bulls can be by saving a boy from drowning. If Max hadn’t rushed to the rescue, the boy might not have survived.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier on Beach
Image: Jamie Osborn Facebook

Horror on the Beach

Beaches are uplifting places, especially for water-loving dogs. But when the water current picks up, it’s not quite so happy. Rob Osborn and Max were hanging out by the river’s sandy shore in Port Noarlunga, Australia. It was all fun and games until they saw the current pick up suddenly with a boy trapped in it.

Osborn spotted the boy in distress and prepared to swim out himself. But then he saw how excited Max looked to swim again. So, Osborn yelled out to the pup and pointed toward the boy. Without hesitation, Max leaped into the water and did exactly as he was told.

“The tide was going in, and it was sucking the boy over to all of the big rocks, into a really deep part of the river,” said Osborn.

Staffy swimming
Image: Screenshot, @7NewsAustralia/Facebook

Max, who was wearing an adorable dog life jacket, paddled out to him. Osborn encouraged the boy to call Max, and when the pup neared, the boy grabbed onto the life jacket’s handle. It was clear the child was terrified, but at least he was in good paws.

Some Heroes Have Four Paws

The boy held on for dear life as the good pup paddled him back to shore, where his mother eagerly waited. The child seemed unharmed, but was understandably shaken. Of course, Osborn was incredibly proud of his furry friend.

“He’s definitely a hero, he just doesn’t know it. He was just doing what he was told,” said Osborn.

Dog playing in the sand
Image: Jamie Osborn Facebook

Unfortunately, the boy and his mom left before news reporters arrived. They probably wanted to get home as quickly as they could. But Osborn hopes they find a way to reach out to him to let him know the boy is safe and has fully recovered.

Max deserves all the praise in the world for his courageous act. Hopefully, his selfless attitude will show the world that all dogs, especially Pit Bulls, can be excellent companions and even heroes. After all, this sweet dog rushed to save the day before any humans did.

Featured Image: Jamie Osborn Facebook

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