Barney is the dog that jumped into the Gulf of Mexico after his person, Donna Chen, was struck and killed by a drunk driver. A kayaker out fishing in the Gulf rescued to dog and helped get him returned to his family. Not surprisingly, the Chen family is extremely grateful to have Barney safe at home and are focusing on him to help them through their grief. (thanks Holly!)
I saw this incredible video this morning. A kayaker was out fishing when, what looks like a Visla, comes frantically swimming towards him from who-knows-where. Happily, the kayaker rescues the injured & terrified dog. The dog was taken to a vet and identified by it’s microchip as Barney, but no one knew how the dog had ended up in the ocean.
In a heartbreaking turn, the kayaker made the connection after seeing a story about Donna Chen who was out walking her dog about 1 mile inland and was run down & killed by a drunk driver, Blake Talman, in a hit-and-run. It’s believed Barney ran off in a panic and jumped in to the ocean to escape. How lucky that this kayaker was at the right place at the right time so the family didn’t have to suffer another loss.