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If dogs can figure out how to survive adversity, why can’t human’s?

Dog survives 300-foot cliff jump

SEAFORD, England, Feb. 22 (UPI) — Two dogwalkers said they feared the worst when their springer spaniel leaped from a 300-foot cliff, but the dog bounced off a wave and swam to shore.

Lia Markwick and Stephen Winslade, who were walking Poppy as a favor for Lia’s brother, said the canine was chasing a seagull and made a flying leap from the cliff in Seaford, England, The Sun reported Monday.

Markwick and Winslade said they expected to look down and see Poppy’s body, but instead the dog had managed to avoid hitting the rocks below and landed in the high tide, allowing her to swim to a nearby beach. Markwick said they called Coast Guard authorities, who recovered the canine after it made its way to dry land.

The dog’s owners, Ben Markwick and Kelly Ixter, said Poppy suffered a collapsed lung but is expected to make a full recovery.

Dog survives 16 days on yacht lost at sea

Dogs have survived incredible deprivation before, but Juanita’s 16-day-ordeal is the longest known of in New Zealand.

Juanita belongs to Paul van Rensburg – the yachtie whose boat was discovered yesterday near the Chatham Islands. Mr van Rensburg was not on board – but Juanita was.
As a dog behaviourist, Dan Abdelnoor knows what makes dogs tick, but even Doggie Dan, as he likes to be known, is amazed at Juanita’s survival – but warns she will need help getting over the ordeal.

“Dogs do become extremely scared and worried, just like you’d expect them to be when they’re left alone on the boat and they don’t know what’s going on,” Mr Abdelnoor says. He says Juanita would have been stressed, but dogs are very resilient.
Doggie Dan thinks she also probably owes it to her master taking plenty of rations on board. “Sixteen days – it had to be getting water from somewhere,” Mr Abdelnoor says. “Very likely it raided the water on the boat and it’s raided the food on the boat.”

Chatham Island police say Juanita is doing well, but dog experts say the two-year-old will no doubt be wondering where her good friend and companion is.

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