Woman Crossed Castle Moat to Rescue Stranded Old Dog

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published on March 9, 2012. Enjoy!

Written byMarion Mahnof New Jersey

This story begins with our family taking a trip to Puerto Rico during one Easter vacation. We were visiting the castle in San Juan and the tourists were milling around the castle and its moat. I look up and in one of the window sills — the walls of the castle are quite thick — was a dog sitting pressed against the iron rods that were built into the window to prevent access to the castle through the windows. On the other side was the moat, which was deep and ugly and about 20 feet wide. How the dog ever got over there is a question that will never be answered.

Between the moat and us there was a wall of about 4 feet in height. You could walk on the inside of the castle and I went around and found the window where the dog was cowering on the sill but could not reach him because of the iron rods, but I could talk to him, which I did to get him used to my voice. Then I went to the caretaker of the castle trying to make myself understood in Spanish to tell him that there was a dog in distress and if he would help me. But he did not want to do that. He had, however, a ladder, which was long enough tocross from the outside wall over the moat and rest on the window sill, where the dog was sitting. So I put the ladder across and onto the sill and the dog remained still.

I crawled on my stomach rung for rung along the ladder crossing the moat. As I reached the dog, he let me grab him by the collar (thank goodness he was wearing one) and allowedme topull him rung for rung back toward the other side. I laterrealized he could have bitten me in the face because my nose was just inches away from his mouth, but he was very good and followed across the moat while I was talking to him and pulling him. We made it to safety.

Since we could not take him home with us (after all we were tourists), we had to find someone to take him. A police station was not far from the castle and we took him there. The collar around his neck showed a telephone number which the police called and our saved dog was reunited with his owner.

 

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639 comments

Jim Ven
Jim V2 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Alexandra G.
Alexandra G3 years ago

brave woman !

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Dagmar Bajinski
Dagmar B3 years ago

What a story and what a brave, one in a million, woman! Way to go! I wonder why the owners didn't look for their dog. As for the caretaker, may he rot in hell!

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Carole R.
Carole R3 years ago

A brave heroine for sure.

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Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley3 years ago

Thank you to this wonderful, brave woman!

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Tia T.
Tia T3 years ago

That was a doggone good story! Love a happy ending:-)

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Jonathan Harper
Jonathan H3 years ago

ty

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Raquel Cadierno Domingo
Raquel DOMINGO3 years ago

I love your story. Thank you very much for taking so much care for that dog. It makes me really happy this world still has good people in it! Thank you very much for sharint it.

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