Hero: This Dog Saved His Guardian From Drowning in a Freezing Scottish River

Posted by on January 30, 2015 | Permalink

As he does on most evenings, Philip Skirving was recently walking his Staffordshire terrier, Cobin, on a cycle path on the banks of the River Leven in Alexandria, Scotland, when he tripped and fell into the fast-flowing ice-cold water and went into shock. Moments later, Cobin jumped in and dragged his friend to the safety of dry land by pulling on his jumper!

For saving Philip’s life, we’ve recognised Cobin’s daring feat of bravery with PETA’s Animal Hero Award, along with a special “doggie bag” full of vegan dog treats, a comfortable new harness and a fun toy.


Dogs are more than our best friends – as Cobin has demonstrated, they’re our family members and sometimes even our protectors.

We hope Cobin’s heroics will inspire people to head to their local animal shelter, which is bound to be full of lovable, wonderful dogs just like him, all waiting for someone to come to their rescue.