A day at the beach is fun for anyone. Surf, sand, and relaxation are sure to put anyone in a good mood. For this Newfoundland, a day at the beach turns into a quick rescue mission. One minute they’re frolicking on the beach near Gouville-sur-Mer, France, the next Matyas – the Newfoundland dog – was having to save his human from a rogue wave.
This scene was captured by the girl’s mom nearby, and though the video was amusing and showed the girl was in no immediate danger, it also shows how dogs care about our well-being. The little girl in the video can be seen wearing a white t-shirt being overtaken by a wave. She obviously recovers quickly and continues playing. Matyas, of course, believes his human is still in danger. It may not have been the case, but very could have been. Watch below to witness the adorable reaction of the big Newfoundland.
Newfoundland determined to save a little girl
He was determined to keep the little girl safe. While she laughs at his antics, he drags her safely to shore. Regardless of whether the girl was in danger or not, Matyas shows that his instincts were heroic. The video was shared on social media and has already been viewed over 1 million times since it was shot on August 3.
Online comments included:
“Nice to have such a smart dog around… he watches that little girl better than many adults would.”
Another commenter stated:
“He’s doing his job protecting her. Good doggy”
wow this dog is a hero to save this girl from drowning 👍
Dogs are natural heroes
Studies have shown that dogs respond when they sense their owner(s) are in distress. The study was published in the Learning & Behavior journal reporting how dogs pushed their way through a door when they heard their owners crying.
“We found dogs not only sense what their owners are feeling, if a dog knows a way to help them, they’ll go through barriers to provide to help them,” said lead author Emily Sanford, a graduate student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
“Dogs have been by the side of humans for tens of thousands of years, and they’ve learned to read our social cues. Dog owners can tell that their dogs sense their feelings. Our findings reinforce that idea and show that, like Lassie, dogs who know their people are in trouble might spring into action,” Sanford added.
Our pets go above and beyond the call of loyalty
It is nice to see how the Newfoundland named Matyas saved the little girl – who wasn’t in immediate danger. Most animals can sense our emotions, whether we’re nervous, sad, fearful, etc. If your pets are extremely loyal to you, and you’re in danger, do you think they would save your life? The cute video clearly shows us that dogs go above and beyond the call of duty to save us.
Featured Image via screen capture from video via YouTube