family thanks beach lifeguards for trying to save their dog
Burnham-On-Sea family has this week thanked a team of lifeguards
who tried to save their pet dog when it collapsed on a local beach
at the weekend.
Horder and his family were walking their old English Mastiff at
Berrow when he suddenly became ill and required urgent help.
lifeguards and beach warden swung into action to help the family
get the dog to a local vet surgery.
is keen to thank those that helped the family as the incident
unfolded. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We recently moved
from Bristol to Burnham and on our list of many things to do was
to take our dogs to the beach - that day came last Saturday."
our old English Mastiff, could not walk far on pavements or hard
surfaces because he always used to scuff his back paws to a point
where they would bleed, hence the need to take him to the beach.
Frank was so excited when he realised he was going out and couldn't
wait to get in our van along with Jake, our other dog."
parked at Berrow Church and walked through the sand dunes to the
beach with Frank leading the way - it was almost like he had been
there before. He was very excited and ran the last few yards onto
the beach itself, dragging me along with him with my partner Lesley
and son Jamie following behind."
walked down the beach in the direction of Burnham where both dogs
were having fun messing around in a couple of pools of water.
After a short period of time, Frank started to have trouble with
his back legs to which point we stopped and let him rest a while."
passing group of people also stopped and helped by giving him
some water to drink which was gratefully received."
a short rest we decided it would be best to head back to the van
at Berrow Church and get poor old Frank home, but this proved
to be a problem as he was not getting back up onto his feet. We
managed to help him over to the sand dunes but this proved very
difficult because he was about thirteen stone."
was at this point we realised we had a big problem. We could just
about see the jetty at Burnham beach and knowing that there were
lifeguards there I decided to walk there to seek help on what
we could do to recover Frank from the beach."
soon as I reached them, they were quick to call for help from
Berrow's lifeguards and the beach warden, who quickly sent a small
search party to look for Lesley, Jamie, Jake and Frank."
about 20 minutes one of the lifeguards, Freya, on her quad bike
located them and found that Frank was now suffering from stress
and was beginning to get uncomfortable with his situation."
tried to give him more water and then arranged for the beach warden
to bring his van up to the scene so they could get him back to
the lifeguard station at Berrow."
again proved challenging as there was no more room in the van
for my son Jamie and Jake, but during the time waiting for help
another couple had stopped to offer help and they gave him water
and ice packs which they had with them."
I arrived at the scene in Berrow, it was obvious that Frank had
taken a turn for the worse and did not look very well at all.
We quickly transferred Frank from the warden's van into my van
and phoned the vets, Bridge Veterinary Surgery, and arranged to
meet them at their centre."
quickly confirmed that Frank was not at all well and we used a
stretcher to take him into the surgery's reception area where
they immediately covered him with wet towels and used a fan to
keep him cool. I don't think Frank knew at this point what was
going on - he had a very high temperature and his heart rate was
very fast. It also appeared that he had now had symptoms of bloat.
There was nothing more that could be done, so we left Frank in
the hands of the vets and went home to Burnham."
hours later, we had a phone call from the vets with an update.
There was a big sigh of relief when they said he'd started to
respond to all their efforts to bring him back around. The bloating
was reducing, his gums had started to return back to a normal
colouring, and an intravenous drip was helping. We were very pleased
that he may get through this awful situation and get better."
then half an hour later we had another phone call to say that
his heart had suddenly given up and he had sadly passed away.
Our hearts were broken at the sad loss of our beloved pet Frank.
He was a member of our family that we will never forget and will
be sadly missed by all that knew him."
we would like to thank all that were involved in the recovery
and care of him on Saturday. We were touched that so many people
helped us on such a very sad day, especially the lifeguards, beach
warden, the people that stopped and offered their help, and Bridge
Vets who tried in vain to save our Frank."