Marley is a three-year-old dog who enjoys going on lengthy beach walks. According to his owner, Steve Sheppard, Marley is a laid-back dog who, when not outside, prefers to lounge around the house. He adopted the dog after a breeder declared it unsuitable for breeding.
During one of their regular walks on New Zealand’s Petone Beach, Marley did something so out of character that it surprised his owner, Steve. Anything he did was so heroic that it made the headlines.
Steve and Marley were having a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk when they heard a woman’s scream. When they looked, they noticed that the elder was pointing to something in the sea.
The two approached the railing to investigate and observed a small dog drowning in the strong current of the ocean. The dog’s head was bobbing up and down, and despite its best efforts, it was unable to paddle through the waves.
In actuality, the dog was being carried out to sea by the current. Within minutes, the pup would be too far away to reach and save. But before Steve could formulate a response, Marley leaped from the promenade and began racing towards the ocean.
He then paddled towards the smaller dog after running across the water. When Marley reached the dog that was drowning, he used his head to propel it toward the shore.
The two dogs were making progress, but they were moving slowly. Fortunately, a beachgoer witnessed the incident and went toward the two dogs. He seized the smaller dog while Marley swam in their wake. Steve was at the beach at the time, awaiting Marley’s return.
Steve expressed amazement at what Marley had done. He was not instructed to perform such a thing; he simply acted on instinct. That night, weary from his heroic actions, Marley slept soundly.