When it comes to water, dogs respond in a number of ways, just like they do with other things. Some people dislike it, while others adore it, and yet others are unconcerned. W hether or not they can swim properly is a another story. However, if a dog likes water, it is more than likely to be able to swim.
Luckily, this was not the case with Luna, a German shepherd. Her ability to swim most likely saved her life.
Fishing expeditions with his greatest pal, a German shepherd.
Luna’s owner, Nick Haworth, is a fisherman. He’d take her fishing at San Clemente Island, 40 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. As a result, it’s no wonder that Luna would wander and lay near the boat’s side.
Luna was thrown off the boat and lost.
Luna fell off the boat and went lost at sea. After an early search turned up nothing two miles off the coast of San Clemente Island, Haworth feared the worst.
While Luna was an excellent swimmer, Haworth believed she would be unable to swim to the island’s beach. Haworth, not wanting to give up hope, informed the Navy of the situation. The Navy maintains a base on the island, so they’d know where she was if she showed up.
Haworth, on the other hand, stayed for two more days to continue his search for Luna. However, he couldn’t find him. As a result, he came back home with a broken heart, missing his closest buddy. The Navy searched for Luna for a week but was unable to locate her. All parties involved eventually admitted that she was most likely not alive.
A call comes in from the Navy for Haworth.
Haworth received a call five weeks later. His reception was poor since he was out fishing again, mourning the loss of his dog. The Navy was on the other end of the line.
Luna had managed to stay alive.
As he chatted with the person on the other end of the line, they described how several Naval station personnel arrived for work one morning to see Luna wagging her tail at them. She’d made it two miles to the coast of San Clemente Island by swimming.
He was reunited with his closest buddy for the first time in a long time.
Luna, despite being a little slimmer, seemed to be in good shape. Haworth, on the other hand, was eager to see her again.
“I’ve always known she was a fighter,” Haworth said.
Luna’s survival was quite miraculous; she was able to swim to shore and then live on her own for another five weeks until she was discovered.
Watch the video below for more on this touching reunion tale.