This is an amazing story out of the UK. Two fishermen were a mile out at sea when they “caught” Freddie, a 14-year-old Cairn Terrier.
When first spotted the fishermen thought that it was an otter but soon realized they were seeing a dog.
Freddie had become disorientated in the fog while on a walk with owner Jean Brigstock and had slipped into the water as the 73-year-old searched frantically for him.
And instead of swimming back to shore at Amble, Northumberland, he had mistakenly struck out for the deeps of the North Sea.
Mrs Brigstock said: ‘It was a beautiful day, and I was taking him on his usual walk, but all of a sudden, a heavy sea fret set in quickly, and I couldn’t see Freddie anymore.
‘I looked for him for hours, and others helped. There was no sign of him, but I was convinced he would eventually turn up.’
She added: ‘I was desperate. He’s my companion and he’s so important to me.
‘I knew he hated water so I thought he’d head for the dunes rather than the sea. It really didn’t enter my head that he would swim.
‘He rarely goes through a puddle and has an aversion to baths.’
But Freddie was found three quarters of a mile out to sea after a long doggy paddle and was rescued by trawlermen Jimmy and Alan Thompson from Red Row, Northumberland.
I don’t know if dogs have nine lives, but if they do I think Freddie just used up one.