Dogs and delivery people aren’t known to have a particularly friendly relationship: we’ve all had pets who liked to bark at the mail man thinking he’s an intruder.
That was the case for one Amazon delivery man, who was in the right place at the right time to save a drowning dog.
John Cassabria was on his route making deliveries in Woburn, Massachusetts when he heard an alarming sound coming from someone’s yard. “I’ve never heard anything like that in my life,” he told CNN.
He pulled over to investigate, and saw what it was: a 14-year-old Husky dog was drowning in a swimming pool, struggling to stay above water.
“I saw what looked like a snout and at that moment my heart sank,” he told CBS Boston.
John did not hesitate to jump in and save the dog: “I jumped into the pool with everything on. Phone wallet watch. None of it mattered. I thought only of the dog at that moment.”
Thanks to his quick actions the dog, named Luka, was safe and sound.
It turns out the family was on vacation and the hired sitter was still on the way, leaving Luka momentarily home alone.
John stayed with the dog, and later police called the Caldwell family, Luka’s owners, to notify them. The call came as a shock on a relaxing weekend away.
“I dropped the phone. I just started crying and I dropped the phone,” Julie Caldwell told CNN. “I couldn’t even talk.”
They say the dog never goes near the pool—he’s too old to swim, and usually stays indoors. His unusual behavior may have been triggered by a bone wrapped around the pool vacuum cord.
But luckily disaster was averted, thanks to John.
Julie says she wrote a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to let him know about the driver’s heroic actions.
But John doesn’t need recognition—he just knew it was the right thing to do in the moment.
“I happened to be in the right moment at the right time,” he told CBS Boston. “I would repeat the same actions over and over if I had to.”
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