A life saved, or a video staged?
We don’t know the story behind this video — it seems nobody does — but that isn’t stopping anyone from voicing opinions about it.
On the surface, it appears to show a dog saving a puppy from a swimming pool.
Did the puppy need saving? Was it thrown into the pool? If the pup was drowning, why didn’t whoever was doing the videotaping try to save it?
Don’t expect to find any answers. Every story we looked up was just assumption and conjecture. More and more that seems to have become the norm, online, for what we once called news: “Post first and ask questions later, if at all.”
“Hero Lifeguard Dog Saves Puppy From Drowning in Pool,” says the Huffington Post.
“Dog saves puppy in pool while owner nonchalantly films,” MSN’s headline said.
The accompanying stories contain no facts, but lots of speculation — even more of which can be found in their comment sections.
Our guess is it’s a backyard trick that dog and owner have done before — why else have the video camera at the ready? And based on the splash in the middle of the pool at the beginning of the video, it does appear the pup was tossed in.
So, unlike some commenters, we aren’t sure that the dog’s owner should be tracked down and arrested, or that the golden retriever should immediately be awarded a trophy — at least not until a fact or two surfaces.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 10th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, dog, golden retriever, hero, life saving, lifesaver, news, news media, pets, pool, puppy, puppy rescued from pool, rescue, rescued, swimming pool, video