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How My Collie Dog Saved My Life: A Short Story

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Mary likes to write about her life growing up in the country, and sharing all those good times.

My Collie Loved To Swim

My Collie always waited for me to jump into the water and swim with him.

My Collie always waited for me to jump into the water and swim with him.

I grew up in the country in South Carolina. Even though I was an only child, I had a wonderful time playing with my dog, Chubby. When I was ten years old, my Daddy brought this little white, furry puppy home for me. He was a Collie.

I can still remember how happy I was to have a playmate.


I named him Chubby, because he was so pudgy! When he grew up, he weighed about 75 pounds. He had long, beautiful hair. He had big, black eyes that were full of expression. He was a Collie. He was the most beautiful, and, of course, the smartest dog in the world. We were perfect playmates.


There was a creek that ran through the back of our property, and Chubby and I swam there almost every day. Now, unless you have lived in the country, you won’t know what a creek is. A creek is larger than a brook, but smaller than a river. Our creek ran from a river nearby. The water was not very deep, but it moved very fast.


Past our house, about a mile downstream, the water tumbled over a waterfall. The waterfall was quiet high as I remember it. I was always very careful not to swim anywhere near it, because if I did, I could be swept over the fall.


From the time my Collie was a little guy, he loved to swim with me. After he grew into a large dog, he and I had a game we played when we swam in the creek. I would swim away from him and pretend that I was in trouble and about to drown. I would yell, “Help, Chubby” and flap around in the water. He would swim to me very fast, grab my swim suit strap, and pull with all his might to get me out of the water . I would pet him, and praise him for “saving my life”.

He and I had lots of fun running through the woods and swimming in the creek.


One hot summer day after school, I put on my swim suit and headed down to the creek for a swim. I looked around for my Collie dog, but I didn’t see him anywhere. When the weather was hot as it was today, he liked to go underneath our house and sleep on the cool dirt. My guess was he was there sound asleep, and that’s why he didn’t come when I called him to go swimming with me.

I decided to leave him alone, and just go by myself.


This particular day, the water felt so nice and cool, but it was running much faster than usual. I would let the water just take me downstream for a short distance, and then I would swim hard to get back upstream again. I would do that over and over, and it was a lot of fun. After a while, I began to get very tired, and it got harder and harder for me to swim back upstream.

I began to think that maybe this was not a great idea to go swimming after all, especially without my dog, Chubby.


Suddenly I realized that I was swimming too far downstream. I could hear the water rushing over the waterfall! I tried to swim back upstream, but it was no use: I was just too tired! I knew I was in a lot of trouble! What was I going to do? I wished that I had not left Chubby at home. If he were here, he would help me like he always did. But, Chubby was not here…..I was all alone fighting for my life. I really didn’t think he would ever hear me, but I began to call him as loud as I could! “Chubby, help!”

I was swimming with all my might, and frantically calling for Chubby.


All of a sudden, out of the corner of my eye, I saw Chubby running very fast along the edge of the creek! What was he doing??? Instead of jumping into the water to save me, he was running along the bank of the creek. When he was almost even with the waterfall, he jumped in. I could see him swimming very fast toward the middle of the creek. Then he slowed down and began to tread water, keeping his eye on me the whole time. I was calling and calling to him to come to me and get me out!

This was not our usual game! I needed his help, NOW!


Then, I realized what he had planned. I was too tired to swim by this time. I was just floating downstream, helplessly. I was being swept by the water right to where Chubby was waiting. He was staying in one place by treading water.

As soon as I got to him, I reached out and grabbed him by that lovely long hair. I held on to him for dear life. Then Chubby swam with me holding on until he reached the bank of the creek.

My beloved Collie dog, Chubby had saved me!


After we reached the shore, and got out of the water, we both just lay on the ground, completely exhausted. Chubby could have drowned that day, but he was only thinking of how he was going to rescue me. I hugged him as hard as I could. Then, I just lay with my head on his wet body and we both rested. He was panting very fast, because he was so tired. He showered me with doggie kisses. I thanked him over and over. My Collie dog, my best friend, was truly my hero!


I looked up to the sky and gave a prayer of thanks to God for my bravest, strongest, best dog in the world! Chubby never left my side after that day. I think he felt a sense of obligation to protect me.

My Collie Dog Loved To Run And Play

My Collie and I would run and play all through the woods.

My Collie and I would run and play all through the woods.

Find Out More About The Collie Dog and Their Role As A Guardian

Anderson, South Carolina is where I grew up with my Collie Dog

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Comments

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on May 10, 2016:

Chub-by, Chub-by! Hooray for chubby and your warm wonderful story.

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on November 18, 2015:

Hi Mary. A lovely story of trust and devotion. A lovely animal and a lifelong friend. Well done.

Graham.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 08, 2015:

Hi, pstraubie48 What a lovely way to start my Birthday!! I told my family I wasn't have another one, but they ignored me. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family, and also to have wonderful caring friends here on HP such as you!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on September 08, 2015:

Just stopping in to say 'good morning' and to send you some blessings and Angels.

Wishing for you a lovely day...ps

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 07, 2015:

tirelesstraveler, Hi. Thank you so much for reading my story about my Collie. Yes, they are amazing dogs; so very intelligent. So glad you enjoyed reading about my childhood companion, Mary

Judy Specht from California on July 05, 2015:

Awsome story. I was thinking about my great aunt's collie just last night. They are amazing dogs

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 05, 2015:

Good Morning, Harishprasad I am so happy you enjoyed the story of my Collie. Your lovely comment was appreciated very much. Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 05, 2015:

Shyron E Shenko, hi. My dog and I were inseparable. I was an only child growing up in the country, so he and I were always together. He was a very intelligent Collie, and could certainly reason. You are so right; dogs can reason more than we give them credit.

Thanks for reading, commenting, the votes and the share. I appreciate that.

Hope you have a wonderful day, Mary

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on July 05, 2015:

Mary, this great story of bravery of Chubby, a lovely pet, left me awe-struck. Though one may assume it as fiction, it all read as a real and honest account. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the story from the beginning to the end. You have written it so beautifully, pouring your heart and soul into it. Thanks for sharing it. :-)

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 04, 2015:

Wow Mary, so glad you survived and Chubby was able to help you get out of the creek. It is not a good idea for anyone to go swimming alone.

I think dogs can reason more than people give them credit for.

Voted up, UABI and shared.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 29, 2015:

travmaj , good evening. Yes, Chubby was truly a remarkable dog. The Collie is know for its love and loyally, and he was no exception. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary

travmaj from australia on June 29, 2015:

What a truly remarkable story - a truly remarkable Chubby the collie. I am besotted with our four legged friends, such unconditional love, no judgement, just there for us. A lovely memory Mary.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 22, 2015:

Hi, Barbara Kay When I think back on this event, it's as though Chubby and I had been rehearsing for the real event! Thanks for reading my story and commenting, Mary

Barbara Badder from USA on June 22, 2015:

How wonderful he could save you. It is a good thing that dogs have good hearing and that you had played the game before. I think he would have known to save you anyways though.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 19, 2015:

Good Morning, Au fait Collies are known for their intelligence, but I think Chubby was truly an exception. It's a miracle I survived my childhood! As an only child, I took a lot of chances!

Thanks so much for reading my story, the votes and the share. I appreciate that so much, Mary

C E Clark from North Texas on June 18, 2015:

How lucky you were! And doesn't this prove that dogs are capable of reasoning and thought? Chubby knew exactly where to catch you in time. He planned it, and then carried his plan out without a problem. I hope you learned that day that it is never a good idea to go swimming alone . . . so glad you survived it! Voted up and interesting. Sharing with followers.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 14, 2015:

Hi, brakel2 (Audrey). Thanks for reading and for the lovely comment. Chubby was an exceptionally intelligent dog; otherwise I would have been a goner!!

I was lucky to have him as a childhood friend and companion. My best, Mary

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 13, 2015:

Hi Mary What a lovely story and a happy ending. I have heard of animals saving the lives of folks, but never heard a real story. The dog was very smart to figure out how to save you before you went over the falls. You wrote the story with suspense and achieved your purpose. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Audrey

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 09, 2015:

pstraubie48, hi. Oh yes...this is a true story. I was an only child growing up in the country, and Chubby and I played together all the time. We ran through the woods, played in the creek; he was my constant companion. Our creek never got cold enough to ice skate on, but we sure fished from it.

I'm so happy you thought my story was lovely.

Thanks, as always, for sending the Angels, my best to you and yours, Mary

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 09, 2015:

This sounds like it really happened....well, spill..did it??

Chubby clearly loved you and no doubt he did because you had loved him so.

What a blessing that you all had each other. And yes, I do know what a creek is. We had Broad Creek that ran right in front of our house...we fished, crabbed, and swam in it..and in winter...go carts and ice skating were held on it.

Thanks for the lovely story, Mary.

Hoping all is well with you and yours. Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 01, 2015:

Good Morning, Nell. Dogs do amazing feats, don't they? The Border Collie is listed as the most intelligent of the breeds. My Collie was certainly an intelligent dog. Thanks for sharing that story.

My Min. Schnauzer, Baby, is very smart, but NOT that smart.

Thanks for reading and the nice compliment on my story, Mary

Nell Rose from England on May 31, 2015:

Hi Mary, how did I miss this? that was an amazing story! what a beautiful dog! I do know what you mean about how he ran along the side and jumped in the water by the waterfall. something similar happened down the river near me, a dog was being swept away, and the other dog, a border collie, ran further up the river and jumped in to wait for the dog! luckily a hero Canadian guy who lived nearby jumped in and saved the dog! wonderful stuff, nell

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 20, 2015:

colorfulone, hi. You are so right...we don't always appreciate the intelligence of our four legged friends. I think Collies are quite beautiful, too.

Thanks for reading my story about my dog, Chubby, Mary

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on May 19, 2015:

The intelligence of dogs can be so amazing, and I have no doubt that Chubby was totally amazing after reading your story, Mary. Collies are such a beautiful breed.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 18, 2015:

Hi, alexadry I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment on my story about my Collie dog. You certainly know about dogs! My Collie was extremely intelligent, and luckily for me, he loved to swim and play the "rescue" me game. Yes, Chubby did save my life!

Adrienne Farricelli on May 18, 2015:

I loved reading this story, what a good boy! And kudos to you for training him to save you by setting up real-life scenarios and providing him with loads of praise when he did come and get you. I attended a few dog water rescue classes and it's not easy to train. Your dog's instincts combined with your training saved your life!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 18, 2015:

ladyguitarpicker, good morning! Thank you for reading and leaving a nice comment. German Shepherds are extremely intelligent too. I had a pure white GS once and he was very smart.

Thanks for the votes and the share, Mary

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on May 18, 2015:

Mary, this is a great story and one very smart dog. I am glad you trained him the way you did, that's how they learn. We have pretended we were blind with the German Shepherd to get him to walk with my mom. Great Hub,voted up and sharing.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 17, 2015:

Good Morning, Thelma Alberts Oh, I am so glad you enjoyed my story about my childhood Collie dog. Yes, Chubby was an unforgettable friend.

Thanks so much for reading and the votes, Mary

Thelma Alberts from Germany on May 17, 2015:

Oh my God! I have just relived this story with you by reading that I realized now that my eyes became wet. What a wonderful real life story. I´m glad Chubby saved your life. Voted this up, beautiful and awesome

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 15, 2015:

Hi, vocalcoach Oh, how nice you had a childhood friend, a Collie. I'm so glad my story reminded you of your Laddie. He must have been a wonderful friend like my Chubby.

I'm happy you enjoyed my story of my Collie and me. Thanks so much, and thanks for the share, goodnight, Mary

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 15, 2015:

I had a collie as a child named Laddie. He was one smart dog. Your Chubby reminds me of my dog and brings tender memories. This story 'sits on my heart' and is beautifully depicted by you. I will certainly share this and thans Mary.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 15, 2015:

Good Morning, Jodah Thanks so much for taking the time to read my story about me and my Collie! You don't see many Collies here in S. Florida; maybe folks think it is too hot for them. It got very hot where I grew up. People are missing out on a wonderful all-around breed: the Collie. Yes, they are among the most intelligent of the breeds.

As an only child, he was my best playmate, and protector. So nice to see you, Mary

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 15, 2015:

This was a delightful hub Mary. As a child my first dog was a collie named Skipper. He was also a beautiful and intelligent dog and would protect his family with his life if necessary. Apparently this is a collie trait. Your dog Chubby must have been a wonderful friend. Voted up.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 13, 2015:

Hi, Ericdierker I am just so happy you enjoyed my childhood story about my Collie. I was an only child growing up in the country, so Chubby was my only playmate and best friend. So, you knew what a creek is....lot of city folks wouldn't know that!! Thanks so much for the lovely compliment, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 13, 2015:

FlourishAnyway, hi there. I always thought the Collie to be a very beautiful dog, too. Chubby was gorgeous. Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my story about my dog, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 13, 2015:

Hi, phoenix2327 Yes, I was training Chubby (unknowingly) for this day when she would save my life!! Collies are a very intelligent breed; I was lucky to have him. Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 13, 2015:

AliciaC , thank you so much. Yes, this is a true story of just one of the unforgettable events of my childhood. Chubby was truly my best friend and companion. Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 13, 2015:

Oh, lambservant You just moved me to tears reading about your Collie, Nellie. She certainly had a rough beginning in life. Some cruel person mistreated her. Dogs don't forget those things! How thrilling it must have been for you to finally see Nellie wag her tail. You were so lucky to have Nellie in your darkest hours. Our dogs are certainly an important part of our lives.

Thanks so much for reading my story about my childhood Collie, Chubby

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 13, 2015:

Great story -- I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I just love dogs. It also took me back to my childhood playing and swimming in our creek, thanks

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 13, 2015:

Three cheers for a hero dog! So glad he was there for you! He's a beauty, too. Thanks for sharing your story, Mary.

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on May 12, 2015:

You did a wonderful job of training him, although you probably didn't realise that's what you were doing. Collies are such clever creatures. You were very lucky to have such a devoted friend.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 12, 2015:

This is a lovely story, Mary. I was very impressed when I realized the story was true. Chubby was an an amazing and intelligent dog! I'm so glad that he rescued you.

Lori Colbo from United States on May 12, 2015:

I was deeply moved by this story. Until a year and a half ago, I had a collie who was my best friend through the five years she was mine. Nellie hated water, I mean really hated it, so I am not sure if I had been in the same situation what she would have done, but she helped me through one of the darkest periods of my life, and I helped her at the same time through her trauma that was a result of being locked away and we think abused where she grew up in a breeders home. I got her from a dog rescue where she'd been only two months. The rescue woman had her siblings who were not adoptable yet because of what they'd been through.

Nellie spent a lot of time under the house as well. Her favorite place actually. When I got her she was always hiding in dark spaces. She was utterly terrified to be outdoors without a leash. She would dart erratically with terror in her eyes. Open spaces were foreign to her. The first few days I had to carry her outdoors to potty. I was a stranger and it was hard for her to cope. So I took her on walks every single day. It is the best way to socialize a dog and help them through difficult times. I prayed for 8 months that she would wag her tail, then I would know she was going to be alright. For those 8 months her tail was always between her legs. She loved other dogs on our walks and would go straight to them and be so happy. But she didn't wag her tail. One day we were just walking and all of a sudden I realized she was wagging her tail to beat the band. I cried I was so happy.

At the same time, I was going through a very dark season of my life and when I would have nightmares she would rush to my side. She instinctively knew when my anxiety or depression were bad and she would come and sit at my feet. We healed together. I miss her.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 12, 2015:

mpropp, Hi...I'm happy you found my story a sweet one; thanks! I remember when Chubby was just a puppy, he would eat so much he would have to sit and finish his meal.

So good to see you here today, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 12, 2015:

Hi, Larry. I'm with you; I never tire of reading about our four legged friends. They are wonderful. Thanks for reading my story, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 12, 2015:

Hi there, RoadMonkey Thanks for the lovely compliment on my true story about my Collie dog. Yes, the Collie is always listed among the most intelligent of the breeds. Nice to see you here today. Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 12, 2015:

Vellur, Hi... Yes, Chubby was indeed my hero. He was such an intelligent dog; he seemed to know what I was thinking even before I said anything to him. He was that one dog in a lifetime. Thanks for reading my story, Mary

Melissa Propp from Minnesota on May 12, 2015:

What a sweet story! I had a dog named Chubby as well. Unfortunately, she was too chubby to be of much help if I were in real trouble. But she was extremely protective, none-the-less. Thanks for sharing!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on May 12, 2015:

I always love a good dog story.

RoadMonkey on May 12, 2015:

What a great story. You were so lucky that Chubby got to you in time. Collies are very smart and Chubby proved that on that day.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 12, 2015:

Oh my God!What an experience, your dog is a hero! He heard your cry for help and came running to the rescue. Chubby is the best!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 12, 2015:

Hi, Jaye, Yes Chubby was a very intelligent dog, and such a great companion to me. I was an only child growing up, so Chubby was my very best friend.

Thanks for the suggestion of submitting this story to Chicken Soup. I just may do that!

Oh, I do hope this change you are making for Pretty Girl improves her condition. I took Baby off two of the drugs the Vet prescribed for her, because her sight was getting worse! Like Pretty Girl, Baby was showing signs of serious side effects. Baby seems to feel wonderful. We still take our two mile walk every day, and she still plays fetch (even though her sight is not so great)

Do keep me posted on Pretty Girl by email or whatever, OK?

So nice to see you, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 12, 2015:

fpherj48 (Paula), I am so pleased you enjoyed my true story about me and my Collie. I'm sure you know the Border Collie is listed as THE most intelligent of dog breeds. I love my little Min. Schnauzer to death, but she would never save my life (she hates to swim!)

Thanks for reading and the shares, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 12, 2015:

Peggy W , good morning. Yes, I was very lucky in so many ways to have a childhood pet, my Collie dog! I believe dogs have the ability to think. I can almost see the "wheels" going round and round in my dog's head. Baby hates to swim, so I could never count on her to save my life the way Chubby did.

Thanks for reading, the votes and the share. I do hope your Skippy is well and happy, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 12, 2015:

Good Morning, Jackie Lynnley Thanks so much for taking the time to read my story about my Collie and me. I don't publish too many short stories here. I do keep a notebook of my stories for each child and grandchild.

Oh, yes....I had a wonderful Mother's Day, thanks. Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 12, 2015:

Suhail and my dog , good morning! Thanks so much for reading about my childhood Collie. He was such an intelligent and loving dog. Oh, I loved Lassie, too. They just don't make movies like that anymore, do they?

Oh, can't you just see people gathered around taking videos if this happened today?? Such an amusing thought!! Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 12, 2015:

Hi, torrilynn Thank you so much for reading about my Collie and how he saved my life. He was a very brave dog. I'm so glad you enjoyed my story. Hope you have a wonderful day, Mary

Suzie from Carson City on May 12, 2015:

Mary....What a gorgeous dog your Chubby was and I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet story! There is something very special about Collies. I have a border collie and he's amazing. UP+++tweeted. Peace, Paula

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on May 11, 2015:

Your collie was a beautiful, brave, and very intelligent dog. He was able to rescue you because he realized you were drifting toward the waterfall. By swimming ahead, he arrived at the right place to save your life. So many factors combined to let Chubby rescue you: his size and strength so he could grab and tow you to shore; all that practice swimming in the creek and "saving" you when you pretended to need help; and his unconditional love for you that made him put your safety before his own. You obviously had the right dog in your life at the right time. I, too, think you should consider submitting this story to "Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul."

How is Baby? I hope she's doing well. The holistic vet treating Puppy Girl's Cushing-like symptoms gave her some Chinese herbs to take twice a day (in addition to the lignans and melatonin for dogs she's been on for a month) and suggested minor changes in her diet which I'm implementing gradually. She said improvement in symptoms will likely take a month before I notice much difference. I am cautiously optimistic. At least I'm not giving her strong drugs with harsh side effects. My aim is to make her feel better. And I wish that for Baby, also. Please let me know how she is, and I'll keep you updated on Puppy Girl's progress. Jaye

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2015:

Hi Mary,

You are indeed lucky that your Chubby heard your call on what could have been a fateful day. There are some people who do not believe that dogs think but do everything on instinct. Your story proves that they do think! Up votes and sharing.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on May 11, 2015:

Beautiful story Mary, thanks so much for sharing it with us. I think shared experiences like this is the best reading here at HP and wish more would do it.

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on May 11, 2015:

That was a story that ran shivers through my spines and I read it like I was there. And of course I know collie dogs. My generation grew up watching Lassie the TV series and reruns of movies like Lassie come home.

Collies used to be herding dogs, not water dogs. But I am sure his love for you and your water game enabled him to save you.

If this incident had happened today, our dogs would come out to help us. I am sure any humans around would be making videos on their cell phones.

torrilynn on May 11, 2015:

I've heard of many stories where dogs save the lives of their loved ones. Its nice to know that we can trust and believe in our dogs, in case there is no one else around. Thanks for the story. A really great read indeed. Best of wishes.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 11, 2015:

Hi, Faith. Chubby was my constant friend and playmate until I graduated from high school. I love my little Min. Schnauzer to death, but she would never be as brave as Chubby was (in fact, she doesn't like to swim!).

Thanks for the suggestion for submitting my story to CSFTS. I will Google to see when that issue will be published!

Thanks so much for reading my true story, the votes and shares, too. I do appreciate that very much, Mary

Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 11, 2015:

Oh, praise God for Chubby! What a faithful dog he was to you. I am so thankful for Chubby, being you are still here!

Mary, this is an incredible story, and I felt as if I was right there and my heart beating so fast.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful story of Chubby here. You should submit it to Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul. I know they would accept your true story, as that is what they accept. You just have to wait for them to have a topic about dogs and rescue.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Hooray for Chubby and YOU, dear Mary.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 11, 2015:

Oh, I remember Aiken very well, Will. I had such a great childhood in Anderson. I still miss the woods, the creeks, etc. Goodnight, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 11, 2015:

billybuc Oh, me too!! We can depend more on our four legged friends than the two legged ones!! This is a true story from my childhood. I'm happy you thought it was a wonderful story, Mary

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on May 11, 2015:

Yes, Williston is a small town in Aiken County.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 11, 2015:

bravewarrior , hi! Yes, Chubby came through for me and actually saved me from going over the falls! I loved Lassie, too.

Thanks for the idea of submitting my story to CSFYS. I'll have to check on the upcoming issue about animals. I have a copy of that in my "reading room" and I read and reread the stories in it.

Thanks for reading my story, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 11, 2015:

Hi drbj. The Collie is a very intelligent dog, I'm told. Well, my Chubby certainly was. I love my little Min. Schnauzer to death, but she would never be a hero like Chubby was!

Thanks for reading and the votes, goodnight. Mary

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 11, 2015:

I have a lot more faith in dogs like Chubby than I do in some people I know. Fiction? Real life? Whatever the case may be, it's a wonderful story, Mary.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 11, 2015:

Hi, Will, Thanks so much for the nice compliment on my story about my Collie. No, this is not fiction; but a true story! I don't remember Williston. Was that in South Carolina??

Thanks so much for the vote; I appreciate that very much, Mary

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 11, 2015:

Mary, thank goodness you and Chubby played the Save Me game! He really knew what to do when he sensed you were in real trouble.

I've always loved Collies, although I've never owned one. They are so beautiful and smart! Now I'm longing for reruns of Lassie...

You might want to consider submitting this story to Chicken Soup For the Soul. They have an issue coming up about animals. Google them to find the submission guidelines and deadline. I believe the deadline is sometime in August. What's really cool is they pay $200 for accepted stories, plus you get 10 copies of the book to autograph and pass on to your fans.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on May 11, 2015:

Hi, Mary. After your exciting recitation of this true-life adventure, I'm worn out after reliving it with you. Chubby was a true hero and a very smart dog to implement that plan for saving your life. I have often felt that we do not give our canine pets enough credit for their intelligence and loyalty. Chubby was the BEST!

Thanks for sharing - voted Up.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on May 11, 2015:

Wow! What a super story, and I don't think it's fiction.

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful!

BTW, I still own the two acres where we lived near Williston, all those years ago,.

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