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Rowers rescue deaf blind dog from river
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A widow has thanked kind rowers who rescued her deaf and blind dog from drowning in the River Cam.
Maureen Moore’s collie husky cross Pinki was paddling aimlessly in the water for 10 minutes yesterday before a female crew, believed to be from Trinity College, came past and brought the beloved pet to safety.
The 5-year-old dog had escaped from her lead while being walked along Water Lane in Chesterton, close to Mrs Moore’s home in Lilley Close.
Mrs Moore, 65, said: “She was swimming but because she couldn’t see or hear she was floundering around in the middle.
“It was very distressing because there was no way of calling her.
“I thought she might drown because she hasn’t got the strength of a normal dog and she’s quite small for her breed.”
Mrs Moore said she had called out to the crew as they passed at around 9.30am, and held one of the boat’s oars as a rower grabbed Pinki and brought her to the side.
The dog, who has been deaf and blind from birth, is now recovering well from the ordeal at home.
Mrs Moore said she had not had a chance to speak to the rowers properly before they moved off but believed they were from Trinity College.
She told the News: “I would like to say thank you so much, because there was no way I could have got Pinki out.
“We all moan about students on their bikes but I won’t in the future – they were so kind.”
Mrs Moore is agoraphobic, which means she is uncomfortable in open spaces, and dog walking duties usually fall to her children Mandy Brown, 48, and Nicholas Moore, 45.
Because the weather was nice yesterday Mrs Moore decided to make the trip out herself with Pinki, and two other pets – Pinki’s mother Abby, 6, and Abby’s 7-year-old brother Patch.
Mrs Moore said she does not know what she would do without her dogs, which have been a great comfort since the death of her husband John 12 years ago.
The task of walking the dogs is expected to be taken on by Mrs Moore’s children again after the ordeal.
"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."
- Helen Keller