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Woman saves dog from Guadalupe River (Video)

By by Dianna Wray - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
March 5, 2012 at 7:03 p.m.
Updated March 5, 2012 at 9:06 p.m.

Jeff Borders, 20, left, hugs his girlfriend Kaci Brewer, 19, after she was checked out by Victoria Fire Department on Monday, March 5, 2012 in Riverside Park. The couple was walking their dogs when one dog jumped into the river and Brewer jumped in after her.

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Watching her dog Sasha drift farther down the river, Kaci Brewer didn't have to think twice before she jumped in after her. She had to save her dog.

"It was really scary. All I could think was that my parents would kill me if anything happened to that dog," she said, blue eyes sparkling as she looked up at the blue sky and laughed.

Brewer and her boyfriend Jeff Borders, both of Victoria, had taken her dogs Maggie and Sasha for a walk in Riverside Park on Monday afternoon. The couple was laughing as the dogs pulled at their leashes to splash through the water along the edge of the Guadalupe River.

Then, with a sudden tug, Sasha, an 8-year-old Rottweiler, had slipped out of her leash and was swimming farther out into the river.

Brewer and Borders called for Sasha to come back, but the current was too strong. The dog paddled her large paws furiously but the current dragged her farther down the river.

Brewer, 19, plunged into the ice-cold murky green water and began swimming for her dog. She was almost across the river when she got to Sasha.

She tried to turn around but it was clear she couldn't make it back across to where her boyfriend stood, trying to keep her other dog, Maggie, from plunging in after them.

Brewer tugged the dog, who weighs about 100 pounds, onto the closer shore and the pair stood there on the rocks, sopping wet and cold, while Borders tried to figure out how to get them back. Borders shouted for her to stay where she was.

"She's a good swimmer, but there was no way she could make it across and bring that big dog back with her. I didn't know how I was going to get them back," Borders said, shaking his head.

Borders called for help and the Victoria Fire Department responded. The fire department put a boat in the water and motored down the river to rescue Brewer and Sasha.

They dropped her and Sasha at the other side and Brewer, wrapped in a white blanket, was examined by medics.

Sasha, her brown and black fur gleaming in the sun, trotted up the bank after Borders and hopped into the backseat of his car where Maggie was waiting. The two dogs stood in the white car pressing their snouts through the cracked windows barking at passersby.

"Be sure and watch that cut on your foot," a medic warned as Brewer climbed out of the ambulance, grinning as Borders wrapped his arms around her and pulled her close.

"We're both good. Sasha did great. She had never been on a boat before but she was very good."

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