ABC - On Saturday, Florida Highway Patrol troopers say that a drunk driver fleeing the scene of a prior accident struck and killed a 53-year-old Sarasota woman while she was walking her dog. The driver of the vehicle, Blake C. Talman, 22, lost control of his Nissan Altima and hit Donna L. Chen and her dog Barney on a city sidewalk. Chen was killed in the accident, and Talman is facing DUI manslaughter charges while being held on $121,000 bail. The accident took place on State Road, and Barney was so terrified that he fled the scene, made his way to the beach, and swam for the horizon. Most would expect that to be the tragic end to an already sorrowful tale, but fate had other plans for Barney. A local fisherman in his kayak happened upon the waterlogged dog just as he was pulling far away from shore – likely too far to make it back.
Obviously a really sad story, but in a way just sums up everything you need to know about dogs. Like Barney’s owner gets tragically killed by a drunk driver. The dog somehow lives. So what does he do? He just swims out to sea and tries to commit to suicide. That’s it. That’s all he could do. That’s a dog’s commitment to it’s owner. Just reinforcing the age old adage that a dog is the only thing on earth that will love you more than you love yourself. I mean if this was a cat it probably would have gone home with the guy who killed it’s master. But not this dog. He clearly thought that the horizon was heaven and that the best way to rejoin his owner was to swim to it.