It all began when Lorrie Owens and her daughter went clamming yesterday on Yaquina Bay, just east of the Hatfield Marine Science Center. As they worked the delightfully low “low tide” for clams, their English Pointer “bird dog” Max spotted a lame seagull on some rocks and did what bird dogs do. Max “soft-mouthed” scooped up the bird and began bringing it back to Lorrie.
The bird quite understandably protested and managed to wiggle free from Max’s soft-mouth hold. The bird took off the best it could, but being lame, couldn’t swim fast so Max easily re-retrieved it, but after several escapes and re-retrievals, both Max and the bird got caught in the incoming tide. Soon they were out in the middle of channel passing the Embarcadero, then the International Terminal.
Lorrie had forgotten to bring her cell phone so she couldn’t call the Coast Guard but many others, who quickly figured out what was happening, did call them.
Then suddenly a paddle-boarder showed up and quickly launched and took off after Max. He pulled alongside the dog just as the Coast Guard arrived. The Guardians of the Coast quickly had a shivering Max aboard their motorlifeboat and told paddle-boarder Jason Abner they’d monitor his return to the beach.
A little later, a very grateful Lorrie and her daughter were re-united with Max back at the Coast Guard Station. She thanked the crew that helped to save her dog and for intervening to assist Mr. Abner.
A big community thank-you to the Coast Guard as well.