Rochelle Henderson gets kisses from 'Toby,' to thank her for saving his life after he jumped off a backyard pier and became caught underneath it! Way to go Rochelle! Excerpt from the Marin Independent Journal, California: Toby's soggy adventure had a happy ending Monday after the small dog fell off a Belvedere backyard pier and became trapped in the water beneath it.
The dog, a year-old black-and-tan dachshund, was pulled out from under the private pier in Belvedere Lagoon about noon by Rochelle Henderson, a nanny next door who volunteered to swim into the lagoon to save the dog after alerting the Marin Humane Society and Belvedere police.
Henderson was alerted by another neighbor who swims frequently in the lagoon and saw the dog tumble off the pier - and disappear - during an excited bout of barking, according to Humane Society spokeswoman Sheri Cardo.
"She was quite heroic," Belvedere police Officer Andy Rosas said of Henderson. "She grabbed whatever she could find (for swim gear) and did a heck of a job."
Dog owner Nancy Freed, who was not at her Windward Way home at the time of the incident, said the dog - adopted from the Marin Humane Society in April - had never before fallen into the water.
"He got a little overzealous today," Freed said.
Marin Humane Society Officer Andy O Brien keeps an eye on Toby as rescuer Rochelle Henderson swims back to the pier.