NORTH WILKESBORO — A harrowing rescue took place Tuesday morning off of Hwy. 115 in North Wilkesboro when Tim Bennett rescued his dog Maggie after she drove the truck into a nearby pond. The rescue happened that morning when Tim and Maggie, a one-and-a-half-year-old pit-boxer mix, were visiting Bennett’s parents.
“It just started as a usual Tuesday morning for us,” said Bennett. “Our daily morning routine always included a handful of snacks for Maggie from my dad. I was inside the house talking on the phone to my mother-in-law and luckily had a ‘beep.’ It was my parents’ neighbor yelling that my truck was in the pond!”
According to Bennett, Maggie is a very hyper dog and the young boxer had accidentally knocked the truck out of gear, sending the vehicle rolling down the hill and into the pond. By the time Bennett got outside, the truck already was submerged in the middle of the pond with the dog inside.
“The windows in my truck were up high enough so she couldn’t jump out. I ran as fast as I could and dove into the pond — clothes and all. I swam to the truck and noticed her nose sticking out of the window. The door would not open and thank God I left the window down far enough to reach inside and roll the window down manually. She swam out coughing and wheezing but all was well. Except for the truck of course.”
Bennett doubted his truck can be fixed, but he’s glad he and Maggie got out fine.
Troy Brooks may be reached at 336-258-4058.