CAPE CORAL, Fla. - We have the happy ending to a story we brought you Friday. A dog fell into a Cape Coral canal and a neighbor jumped in to save it. Sunday, that dog's grateful owner met the family that sprang into action for "Chevy."
Dogs have long been known as man's best friend. But, last week, man became dog's best friend. Old "Chevy" was trying to get a drink from a canal when he leaned a little bit too far.
"He lost his footing and fell in," Jody Tavanese said on Friday. "Arms and legs everywhere, he was in the water. So, I screamed and I think I scared my husband to death."
"I actually grabbed him in the water picked him up and we got him onto the dock," Dan Tavanese said.
Neighbors rushed to help, lowering a boat into the water. When the Tavaneses last saw Chevy, he was exhausted, frightened and wet. Sunday, the only thing wet was his nose as he and his owner Gene Zalek, came back to thank their heroes. "This is my son right here, this is all I've got," Zalek said. "I'm just so grateful for them doing it."
Zalek's house was being painted and he says the crew may have left the gate open when 110 pound Chevy went for a swim.
"He has bad hips, so it was real hard for him to swim and if they weren't there to pull him up, he would have drowned real quick," Zalek said.
"I don't think it was anything special that we did," Jody said. "We just happened to be the ones that saw him fall in."
It was a happy reunion and a tough lesson learned: only cats have nine lives."If it wasn't for them, he wouldn't be here right now," Zalek said.
"It's perfect," Jody said. "It makes me happy. It's a great ending and who doesn't like a great ending?"
The cape coral fire department also helped in the rescue. Because they city has so many straight concrete sea walls, they actually rescue animals from canals about once or twice every two weeks.