Incredible adventures happen when we least expect it.
You could be exploring the woods one minute and be met with unexpected animal sightings the next, or you could be getting lost in a foreign land and meet the acquaintance of an aristocrat.
But often, you don’t even have to look far.
Chances are, adventure will find you even in the most ordinary circumstances.
You could be right in the middle of your hometown just going about your usual activities when something catches you off guard. You never really know what awaits you in the next corner.
That’s why it’s important to keep your eyes and ears open.
This is what Zach Regan and Matty Johnson experienced.
The unexpected twist in their escapade led to one amazing thing after another.
What was supposed to be another usual overnight surfing trip in Canda turned out to be an extraordinary day for animal rescue.
The two friends were ready for a fun trip. Their car was filled with camping and fishing essentials, and they also had their surfboards. They were headed to Vancouver Island where they planned on camping.
It was when the two were out on their boat when they spotted something strange.
“Glancing in the caves as we were going by, I saw tan legs kinda walk out.”
The unusual sight led them to a scared and malnourished puppy.
“She was starving. She was so skinny, bones sticking out. I don’t know how long she’d been in the cave, but she didn’t have much longer left, that’s for sure.”
Ignoring the fact that they were trying to beat a forthcoming storm, the men immediately approached the cave to help the poor dog.
It seemed as though its owner was nowhere in sight so Matty immediately paddled out on his surfboard to see what he could do for the frightened animal.
“All I had was a leash and some neoprene armor on, and I was like ‘Ahh, I don’t know how this is going to go.'”
Matty gently tried to reach out to weak, reluctant dog.
With a little bit of coaxing, he was able to gain its trust and guide it up his surfboard.
When the dog was safely balanced, Matty paddled back to the boat where Zach was waiting. They recalled just how frail the dog was.
“I slipped her off the board to get her to Zach. She just went under. It was crazy. She was just sinking. Head underwater, going down.”
They saw to it that the dog was secure on the boat, and Matty comforted her by holding her close.
Then they made sure the dog stayed warm by keeping it all bundled up in a life jacket, carefully positioned inside a surf bag so she could stay safe and comfortable throughout the boat ride.
It turns out the scared, starving pup had been abandoned for three months already.
This animal rescue story was aired on CTV and as luck would have it, a friend of the dog owner was able to watch it. Shortly after, the owner contacted Zach about the dog.
The owners didn’t intend to leave the dog in the cave. It was when they were enjoying a nice hike along the Juan de Fuca trail that Stella the dog took off. They searched for months on end to no avail.
If not for the brave pair who did what they could to rescue Stella, the poor dog would have starved to death in that cave.
Thanks to Matty and Zach, Stella was reunited with her family again.
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