They thought staffy-cross labrador Bonnie could do with the exercise and seemed comfortable in the water, but had no idea she would bolt straight out to sea.
‘She must have been scared or too excited and tried to do the Rotto swim,’ said Brett of the two-year-old they are minding until it finds a permanent home.
Brett swam after her in choppy waters and against the wind, another reason why he thought she would stay in the shallows.
At first, he tried to coax Bonnie in without getting too close for fear of getting scratched. But as they got farther out ” and by which time someone had called Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group ” Brett decided to grab her and swim back.
‘I was trying to tow her back in, which was kind of tough work,’ he said.
Tired and some 200m out from the shore, Brett was at the point where he would have to leave the panicky dog and swim back when he saw a rescue vessel.
With dog and owner safely aboard, Brett had a laugh with skipper Geoff Sparrow on the way to Hillarys Boat Harbour.
‘I told the guys on the boat that lately I had been training for a few triathlons,’ he said. ‘We were laughing that swimming after your dog was a good way to train for a triathlon.’
Brett thanked the sea rescue and people who turned up to check they were safe at Hillarys after calling the sea rescue group.
People interested in giving Bonnie a home, can call the group Desperate for Love Dog Pound Rescue on Facebook.