This video taken in Normandy has gone viral. In it, we see a Yugoslavian Shepherd dog heroically trying to keep a young girl away from the waves. The little girl seems amused by the situation.
A four-legged lifeguard
This scene is both funny and touching. On a beach in Normandy, in an unsupervised swimming area, this dog took on the role of lifeguard to protect a little girl.
This Yugoslavian Shepherd dog called Matyas grabbed hold of the white t-shirt of the little girl playing in the water. After thinking she was in danger, he then tried to pull her out of the waves.
The actions of our furry friends are largely due to instinct. Some dogs are trained to be rescue dogs, others are not. Similar to humans, dogs are unique and each one approaches a situation differently.
Realising that the dog was trying to save her, the little girl laughed out loud. Obviously, she wasn't really in any danger but this gesture from man's best friend was both touching and hilarious. It also got everyone else on the beach laughing.
The video has been shared internationally, though we imagine the dog and the little girl in question are none the wiser. In any case, they will always have each other!