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F or Scamp, happiness is a day spent gamboling about outdoors with his family. But when pet parents Tara and Felix began affectionately calling the 6-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel their “adventure dog,” they never imagined his adventures might take him out to sea — literally. The family had moved to California from Boise, ID just six months earlier, and on their daily strolls Scamp became enamored of the sea. “From a young age Scamp was used to playing in rivers and streams. But he wasn’t as used to the ocean,” admits Tara. One morning, what started off as a routine walk along the beach ended with Scamp being pinned up against a berm by a powerful wave. Luckily, Felix managed to grab Scamp’s harness and drag him out of the water before the current took him out to sea. The relieved family headed home, but Scamp’s ordeal was far from over. “He started acting very lethargic and uncomfortable. He’s always tired coming back from the beach, but when his breathing changed, I knew something was wrong,” recalls Tara. After researching online, she suspected aspiration pneumonia and brought him to the emergency veterinarian, who confirmed it. Following X-rays and a blood test, the vet recommended oxygen, IV fluids, antibiotics and an overnight stay. With Petplan behind them, Tara and Felix didn’t hesitate: “It could’ve been $2,000 or $10,000, and we would’ve said ‘yes.’ It was such a relief to be able to focus on him and not worry about the financial aspect,” says Tara. Relief came early the next morning with a phone call: Scamp had stabilized and would make a full recovery. The experience left the family closer than ever — and keen to paw their luck forward. “Through this ordeal, Scamp taught us how much dogs need our love. And even though he wasn’t a rescue, after so nearly losing him we were inspired to get involved with a local rescue organization,” explains Tara. They’re now fostering their second dog, Grace, a 7-year-old Border Collie mix with separation anxiety and a fear of men. Though she has a way to go, Tara reports that Grace is getting better every day. Seeing Scamp race along the shoreline today, digging holes in the sand — and barking at the waves that fill them — it’s easy to doubt his ordeal ever happened. But just as a wave can transform a routine romp into cause for concern, it can also transform one lucky dog into a furry foster-brother. “Whether we’re outside hiking or at the beach, Scamp has taught Grace how to just be a dog again. And that’s the biggest rehabilitation.” roll over regular | paws for reflection a new paw-spective by lou tenney “He’s always tired coming back from the beach, but when his breathing changed, I knew something was wrong.” 64 the surf & turf issue


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