Adorable rescue dog dives for rocks proving mermaids are real


Is there something dogs can’t do? A daring rescue puppy has found a way to slim down while doing his world’s favorite activity – chasing rocks. In a warm Publish shared by The Dodo, a rescue lab named Maximillian, shows how he went from homeless and overweight to living his best life by diving down the docks like a real mermaid.

“His owners before me didn’t want him anymore,” Max owner Christine Vulpescu said of the rescue. “So he lived in a warehouse. No one really took care of him so I took him into foster care and never returned him.”

She continued, “I fell in love with him immediately. He was so overweight at the time, so it was a huge challenge, actually, to make him lose weight. So I took him for a swim and he had loved it. He wasn’t so exhausted from swimming as from walking, we decided to take him swimming more. It was just easier for him to move in the water than to be outside with everything weight. “

Vulpescu said it took six to nine months of swimming to bring Max’s weight down to something manageable. Eventually he found a true love to be in the water and pick up piles of rocks in every body of water they visited.

In the video posted to Twitter, Max was spinning elegantly in the water, like a real mermaid. He turned his body down to pick up the stones he wanted from among the weeds, then brought them to the surface to deposit them in a giant pile of stones.

“He’s so obsessed with water,” Vulpescu explained. She explained that taking him to the lake for the first time shocked her. “I’ve never seen a dog do that before, then he just went straight into the water. Like he was underwater,” she said.

She originally thought she “lost” him in the current, but “then he came with that massive boulder.” The skilled diver “brings them to the shore, then he goes back there and takes the next boulder. He just saves them I guess.”

Labrador Retrievers were bred to dive, according to several sites. Initially, their skills were used to help fishermen retrieve nets or hunted ducks. As naturally good swimmers with outgoing personalities, Labs are one of the most common pets and yet their owners may never experience this inherent skill.

A dog named Ringo wears a mermaid costume during the first annual “Howl-o-ween” Dog Costume Competition on October 31, 2007 in San Francisco, California.
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Diving isn’t the only thing Max is good at. According to his owner, he is also a sweet-natured boy who loves everyone he meets.

“He’s the best dog,” Vulpescu said, adding that he “makes everyday life better”.

We have contacted the owners of Max, but have not had a response at the time of this article.

Correction (11/29/2021, 10:14 PM): An earlier version of this article quoted unnamed Max’s owner, but Christine Vulpescu has been confirmed to own the adorable lab.



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