Clayton Knipe rescued Heather Swallow's dog from a high tide pounding surf off Pleasure Point after hearing Heather's screams for help.
(Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)
PLEASURE POINT -- A full-moon beach walk nearly turned into a tragedy in early September for a Pleasure Point woman's best friend.
"The waves were bashing like crazy," he said. "I let out a little prayer and managed to pull myself up."
Exhausted from her ordeal, Magnolia could barely move, and Swallow was not able to get the dog off the rocky shelf. Knipe came to the rescue once again, and was able to grab Magnolia's collar and haul her up to safer ground. Swallow was extremely grateful.
"My dog means the world to me," said Swallow, a naturopathic physician who practices in Monterey. "She's a therapy dog and she comes to work with me. She's such an important part of my life."
Knipe, who escaped with just a bruised hand, was humble about the incident when asked about it later. He refused any offers for a reward, other than accepting a cup of hot tea from Swallow, and the use of a towel.
"I don't need a gold medal or anything," Knipe said. "Magnolia is a really sweet dog."
Instead, he told Swallow that he hoped the incident would inspire others to help their neighbors and others in need. And, although it took all three at least three days to recover physically from the incident, Knipe earned something even more valuable than a traditional reward. He came away with two new friends and the satisfaction of knowing he had saved the life of Swallow's best friend. ------ (c)2014 the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.) Visit the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.) at www.santacruzsentinel.com Distributed by MCT Information Services AMX-2014-09-27T20:02:00-04:00
Just wanted to share this story. It could have ended in so many bad ways, but it has a happy ending. Thank goodnss, because who doesn't love that this woman went for a walk on the beach with her dog during a full moon?