An emotionally charged rescue was videotaped as a young dog stranded in Mexico’s most recent Hurricane Eta clings to the outside of a building on a flooded street – until a rescue worker gently lures the dog into a boat and takes it to safety . As rescue worker Eric Ramirez approaches the dog, the rescuer’s caution is seen as he reaches the fighting dog by petting it and gaining its trust. The dog is frightened at first and flinches at every move Ramirez makes, but is quickly convinced and moves cautiously towards the boat to overcome his reluctance to climb aboard with the help of her rescuer. Once safely inside, the dog shakes violently and its tail begins to wag with joy.
The dog was then taken to a larger boat and finally to dry land, where it was checked for malnutrition and then provided with clean drinking water. The Mexican Navy Secretariat took over the management of the dog and adopted the dog as their own as they did not receive any claims from the dog’s owners.
After the dog has recovered, it will be considered for training as a rescue dog based on its experience and disposition. “The dog shows great potential and ability for it,” said one official. There is now a contest to name the dog and it seems well on its way to becoming a popular marine mascot
Our hearts go out to this nameless dog and to the brave men and women who save animals and people in natural disasters. It is a reminder that preparing for a disaster is something that needs to be taken seriously and prepared for the worst.