Quick thinking saves beloved pet on the beach
A ROUTINE morning play on the beach turned into a desperate plea to help six-year-old golden labrador Jasper.
Little Mountain resident Dawn Eekhoff had just started the walk with her dogs at Shelly Beach when Jasper unexpectedly collapsed on the sand last Monday.
"I tried getting him up but he couldn't stand, he started twitching and his eyes were rolling,” Ms Eekhoff said.
She has been Jasper's human mum since he was just six-weeks old. She hadn't seen him struggling like that before.
The nurse said she panicked to the point she couldn't think straight.
But thanks to the help of strangers, Jasper got the care he needed with a speedy trip to the vet.
"The water was coming in and he was getting wet so a lady helped me carry him up the beach back to my car,” Ms Eekhoff said.
"Another lady ran to find two men to help. But by that time he started to come around and walk.”
Two years ago Jasper had a bowl obstruction and his life was "touch and go” and Ms Eekhoff said when this happened "everything came rushing back”.
"The vet said it was an idiopathic seizure, which may have been brought on by something he'd eaten,” she said. "I just want to thank everyone who helped. I didn't get names, but whoever you were, thank you.”
Jasper is all healthy again, running on the beach like he always did.