The Rock Saves Frenchie from Drowning

Actor and wrestler Dwayne Johnson (better known as “The Rock”) is the new proud owner of two French Bulldog puppies.

But he had a bit of troubling start when he welcomed his new puppies home over Labor Day weekend. On his Instagram page, Johnson shared a story that would make any dog lover’s heart stop. When he released the puppies into his backyard, he explained, they both made a beeline for the pool and one almost drowned. Fortunately, the Rock was supervising the whole thing and didn’t miss a beat. He jumped into the pool—with his clothes and cellphone—and saved the puppy.

Read his full account here (and scroll down to learn why this breed requires owners to take extra caution around a pool):

 

Here's a fun Labor Day weekend story... We just decided to add two new members to our Johnson family. Baby French Bulldogs. In my right hand is BRUTUS and in my left hand is HOBBS. Bring them home and immediately take them outside so they can start learning how to "handle their business and potty like big boys". I set them both down and they both take off in a full sprint and fall right into the deep end of our pool. HOBBS immediately starts doggy paddling while BRUTUS (like a brick) sink heads first to the bottom of the pool. I take off into a full sprint, fully clothed, dive in the pool, swim to the bottom, rescue my brick, I mean BRUTUS and bring him back to the edge of the pool. He was a little delirious.. took a moment, threw up all the water he swallowed and looked up at me as if to say, "Thank God you didn't have to give me mouth to mouth!" and then ran off to play with his brother. A few lessons I've learned today.. A) Not all puppies have the instinct to doggie paddle. B) Some puppies (like BRUTUS) will be so in shock by experiencing water they will sink extremely fast so react quick. C) While spiriting to save your puppies life, before you dive in, try and throw your cel phone to safety. Don't keep it in your pocket... like I did. #BRUTUSLives #HOBBSCanSwim #MyCelPhonesDead #AndNoMouthToMouthNeeded #HappyLaborDay

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Here’s a fun Labor Day weekend story… We just decided to add two new members to our Johnson family. Baby French Bulldogs. In my right hand is BRUTUS and in my left hand is HOBBS.

Bring them home and immediately take them outside so they can start learning how to ‘handle their business and potty like big boys’. I set them both down and they both take off in a full sprint and fall right into the deep end of our pool. HOBBS immediately starts doggy paddling while BRUTUS (like a brick) sink heads first to the bottom of the pool.

I take off into a full sprint, fully clothed, dive in the pool, swim to the bottom, rescue my brick, I mean BRUTUS and bring him back to the edge of the pool. He was a little delirious.. took a moment, threw up all the water he swallowed and looked up at me as if to say, ‘Thank God you didn’t have to give me mouth to mouth!’ and then ran off to play with his brother.

A few lessons I’ve learned today.. A) Not all puppies have the instinct to doggie paddle. B) Some puppies (like BRUTUS) will be so in shock by experiencing water they will sink extremely fast so react quick. C) While spiriting to save your puppies life, before you dive in, try and throw your cel phone to safety. Don’t keep it in your pocket… like I did.

#BRUTUSLives #HOBBSCanSwim #MyCelPhonesDead #AndNoMouthToMouthNeeded #HappyLaborDay”

Let this serve as a reminder to be extra cautious when allowing dogs (especially small breeds) near pools. French Bulldogs in particular have a higher risk of drowning. From the French Bulldog Club of America: "French Bulldogs must never be left unattended around water, as they are poor swimmers and can easily drown due to their front-heavy structure."

Get a full list of water safety tips here.