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While Drowning In the Poplar River...

I dove off a raft that was out in the middle of the wild Poplar River on the Lakota Reservation up by the Canadian border near Wolf Point Montana.

When I dove into the water,I twisted my neck that I had injured a few days before.

When I hit the water I realized I was totally paralyzed,I could not even move my lips to call for help {nobody would have heard me anyway-the river bank was too far away}.

I was floating with just my nose above water and I knew it was my time to die so I started singing a death song in my heart and giving thanks for all the blessings I have had in my life.

I have had a wonderful life and gone almost everywhere that I wanted.

 I have seen almost everything I wanted to see, and done about everything I wanted to do.

I was feeling blessed and happy because it seemed like a good day to die.

The water was just starting to enter my nose and I was still paralyzed,when what do I see?

A big Black Lab swimming my way,she had come from the direction of the beach and was swimming strong straight for me.

My mouth was paralyzed but I started trying to tell her to "GIT" because I have had big dogs try and climb up on me in deep water so they could save themselves in their panic.

Al tho it was my day to die,I did NOT want to drown with some dog sitting on my head and pushing me all the way under.

No words would come out of my mouth and I was still unable to move,I watched in horror as she churned closer.

Soon she made eye contact with me....and instead of climbing on top of me to save herself,she swam a circle around me and pressed her shoulder against me as if she were waiting for something.

She tread ed water for a while and then she spoke to me .

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"Grab hold of my collar"

I could not.

She continued treading water.

Soon she said more forcefully "GRAB HOLD OF MY COLLAR!"

I realized it might not be my day to die after all and I managed after a few tries to make my fingers hook onto her collar and I pulled myself onto her back.

This submerged her,but she just started swimming underwater!

When she surfaced she was swimming strong straight for the river bank that was a long way away.

She pulled me 6 feet up onto the riverbank and sat by my side while I coughed and puked up river water.

When I managed to sit up after a few minutes,I looked around and saw a young man nearby.

I asked him if this was his dog and he said "We are together".

I asked him what her name was and told him she had just saved my life.

He just shrugged like it was no big deal and started to walk away...I called to him and asked him what her name was.

"Lady" was his reply.

If you are ever in Wolf Point Montana be careful,the Poplar River will take you down.

Perhaps if you are very blessed, the magical talking dog will save you. 

 nymph           Wind-in-Her-Hair

PeaceOnEarth PeaceOnEarth 46-50, F 23 Responses Nov 16, 2008

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"It is the end of this journey (although I do not know to where we are going) and the beginning of another journey on another earth!"

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Possibly.

hmm

"..when we "die", we become one with the power."

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This is my belief also....

Darn right that death is a reality. It is the end of this journey (although I do not know to where we are going) and the beginning of another journey on another earth!

I almost died between "Circle and Glendive" driving late at night during a terrible storm.

It was 1980.

My VW bus acted like a sailboat in a hurricane...

I could feel the extremely intense wind, but I couldn't "see anything", it was too dark and eerie!

It wasn't my time to pass over?

Life is just a dream in the mind of god's, and when we "die", we become one with the power.

"Death is reality"....!

nudeinva

YOU have always seemed connected to nature also.

Thanks for being you...

POE, your connection to nature and its inhabitants (even if they are domesticated) is amazing. I'm glad your fabulous connection worked so well in this case.

Heh....

I had assumed that the dog was acting on her own accord...

The idea of spending all that time to teaching the damn dog to talk an fetch cuter gewls from the water an then walk off afterwards is totally lost on me?????

Whatta DA. LOL

But still glad she did... ;-)---'

meworld.

Fool here.

* SIGH *

I quit the tequila because it made my clothes fall off...heh.

This is an interesting story. It has been said that God looks after drunks and fools. Many times in my earlier years, I have been a drunken fool. I have been saved from death several times through no act of my own. God has been very patient with me.

"oh peace...you really have been in some life threatening situations...

i thank the trees that you have a guardian spirit that rescues you....

you fascinate me with your incredible life and how you survive being so close to death many times

amazing story

cheers"



WOO!

Cheers to you my friend!

"I have been taught to wake each day and ask myself if I am prepared to die that day. I think the magicl lab being there was perhaps a little present from God. I have come close to death on several occasions and but for a little magic I would be gone now. Very interesting story. Are you totally paralyzed now?"



Oh no...my neck has healed and I am thankful that I was able to hear the voice of the dog "Grab onto my collar".

oh peace...you really have been in some life threatening situations...

i thank the trees that you have a guardian spirit that rescues you....

you fascinate me with your incredible life and how you survive being so close to death many times

amazing story

cheers

"..if i won the lottery but if i did win i, might take the big one right there. so i would donate some to e.p. support!!LOL big hugs back :}D"



Oh johnboy2008,

You are a good man,thank you for the comment.

ps

I have not been to Disney World....

heh

I have been taught to wake each day and ask myself if I am prepared to die that day. I think the magicl lab being there was perhaps a little present from God. I have come close to death on several occasions and but for a little magic I would be gone now. Very interesting story. Are you totally paralyzed now?

johnboy2008

Yes,I think this is a trait of the Labs,to get things out of the water.

Thank you for sharing your story about your dog saving your niece.

hugz

Black labs are good animals...great in the water, great around people...good rescue dogs, as you learned.

Magnificent animal.

My son has kids and boats and I have asked him to get a Black Lab if he wants a large dog....

I have been tempted to get one myself.

There was a year old female in the paper that needed a good home and I had to force the phone out of my hand...

I believe you!



Good dog!

If not for that magic talking dog,I would not be alive for you to rib!

Seriously.

Well, I don't think there are any dolphins in Montana anyway, but I had ta rib ya!

Nope.

Female Black Lab wearing a blue nylon collar.

You know I am not a writer of fiction.....

hugz

Are you sure that was a dog? It sounds like a dolphin in disguise.