Hugs from the Heart is a series of true stories about animals, children and adults and the beautiful, often funny, words and actions that happen on a daily basis. Hugs from the Heart captures precious snap-shot, once-in-a-lifetime moment, with vivid detail.
The Tempest Wave (Story 3)
Scuba is a female black Labrador dog. She was given her name due to her fervent love for water. When Scuba was a puppy she would run full speed into the bathroom door. If by any chance she would budge the door open she would race in and jump into the bath tub or shower with whoever was inside. Once Scuba grew older it became impossible to keep her from the beach, which happens to be my backyard. I love taking long walks along the beach so taking Scuba with me provides duel excitement. Ever since I bought the beach house it has become common for my family members to come visit so they are able enjoy my close living proximity to the ocean. During one fourth of July weekend my sister had brought her son so together we could all enjoy the fireworks, beach, sun and ocean. It was a beautiful day as my sister and I sat on the sand with the approaching ocean water barely licking our feet. My nephew Jess sat between my sisters legs playing with the foam. Scuba ran around chasing birds and biting at the ocean water. Suddenly like a shocking brutal car wreck a large strong wave, similar to a rogue wave, struck me and my sister rolling us backwards. I was disoriented as I jumped to my feet. I heard my sister frantically screaming my nephew’s name but I could not see her because I was facing the shoreline, not the water. I saw a mass of people all running to assist. I turned around to face the water. I immediately realized Jess had been knocked loose from between my sister’s legs. All I saw was the back of my sister darting away from me towards the retreating water that had ferociously claimed her son. Suddenly immerging from the water and foam sprung Scuba holding Jess securely within his mouth grasping Jess by the back of his shirt. Scuba raced Jess towards dry land. My sister swooped Jess from Scuba’s grip. Jess was coughing and breathing with no complications. Once safely back on the beach he obviously looked more scared than injured. A paramedic that patrols the beach confirmed that Jess was uninjured and no hospital visit was required. My sister and I tried to down play the incident during the drive home as to avoid scaring Jess. After we were back at my house and Jess was in bed my sister completely broke down. She wrapped her arms around Scuba as she cried, “you saved my sons life – you saved my life.”
Click the links below to read additional Hugs from the Heart.
Story One – Who Farted
Story Two – The Bully