A lucky dog owed her life to a kindhearted Berkeley couple Tuesday after the pup was rescued a day earlier swimming around miles from shore in San Francisco Bay.
The dog was apparently close to drowning, but she seems to have recovered nicely.
The wife of the man who helped rescue her brought her to a Berkeley pet hospital to see if the 1-year-old female, possibly part Labrador, had an ID chip embedded subcutaneously. None was found
There is a good chance the dog would not be here today if it was not for Berkeley resident Adam Cohen.
"To be able to really help this poor little animal, it felt really good," said Cohen.
Cohen was commuting home Monday from San Francisco to Berkeley in his inflatable motorboat when he saw a group of windsurfers who looked like they were having problems.
"We spent about 10 or 15 minutes trying to maneuver the boat around," said Cohen. "It was choppy out there."
When he got closer, he could see that the windsurfers had found a dog in the middle of the bay and hoisted him on a surf board.
The surfers could not take the dog, so he agreed.
"We reached down and grabbed the little dog and pulled her up into the boat and she was just shaking and did not say anything," said Cohen. "Sort of collapsed in the bottom of the boat and just laid there."
He brought the dog home, where he and his wife took care of her overnight.
"She was cold, so we put blankets on her and she was really receptive," said Cohen. "She slept for a long time."
The dog has a collar but no tags. They hope they can find the owners. The hard part is over with the dog is safe from harm.
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