Summer has arrived, and many people are planning trips to new destinations. Like one adolescent who was on holiday in Wales lately and ended up doing something he hadn’t planned on doing: saving a dog’s life!
Jane Warner, the owner of a 7-year-old Shih-Tzu named Charlie, described the touching act of generosity.
Charlie opted to go duck hunting on a recent excursion to the Penllergare Valley Woods. It was the first time he’d ever done something like this, and it quickly got him into trouble. Charlie dove into the lake to pursue the ducks, but he quickly became engulfed in the water.
“Charlie was going further and further out and was getting stuck in the reeds. You could see he was struggling to stay afloat,” Jane told Wales Online.
Jane worried, but couldn’t go in after him: “I’m disabled, so there was no way I could’ve swum out to get him. Which just left me standing there helpless on the bank thinking, ‘What the hell do I do now’?”
Then, out of nowhere, a total stranger dove into the water and began swimming after Charlie!
The teen swam out and reached Charlie despite the fact that it was not an easy feat. He set the dog free and brought him back to the beach.
“The poor lad himself was also quite shaken up afterwards,” Jane said. “I think it had been a tougher swim than he’d expected and I’m really grateful to him for risking his own safety the way he did.”
While it was an ordeal, it was worth it to save Charlie’s life. Jane was extremely grateful: “So I’ve no doubt in my mind that had Connor not got to him right then he’d have died,” she told Wales Online.
Jane posted the story on her Facebook page. She didn’t know the boy’s name, but she wanted to thank him for his extraordinary good deed.
“This young Scottish lad is my hero!” she wrote.
But, after the post went viral, she found out who he was: Connor Telford, a 17-year-old Scot from Dundee. And she quickly discovered that the exciting day was his first visit to Wales.
“He lives in Scotland and arrived in Wales today, this was his first stop on his holiday in The Mumbles,” Jane wrote.
Needless to say, it was an interesting and stressful start to a vacation: “This was the first day of Connor’s first ever trip to Wales – and, oh my goodness, what a day it turned out to be,” Shelagh, Connor’s girlfriend, told Wales Online.
“He’s not a strong swimmer but launched himself headfirst into the lake with no thought for his own safety. He came out bedraggled, visibly shaken and was physically sick – but he’s recovering well from his ordeal.”
However, she claims the adolescent has recovered thanks to some ice cream, and he’s being hailed as a hero on social media.
“Without this lad and you all clapping and cheering him to keep him fighting then I’d be telling a very different story,” Jane wrote.