Dog saves stranded ducklings: ‘Very good guy’

A dog from Cornelius, North Carolina embarked on an important mission in Robbins Park on Tuesday when ducklings got into a difficult situation.

Charlie is a flat coat retriever who enjoys doing chores for his handler, Queen City News reported on Wednesday.

“He will do anything you ask him to do. He will deliver newspapers when he passes by someone’s house. Or he will bring flowers to someone if you ask him to,” explained his owner, Jorge Serrano.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) website, Flat-Coated Retrievers have been described as tireless, trainable lake hunters who specialize in retrieving downed waterfowl.

“Flat-Coats were once Britain’s most popular retriever, before being overtaken by Labs and Goldens, and were once called the ‘Gamekeeper’s Dog’ because of their widespread use in the wide fields of English nobility,” the club said.

Video footage from last year showed the breed being presented to the judges:

Meanwhile, Serrano said Charlie was always willing to help, but what he saved from a storm drain at the park got him a lot of attention.

Neighbors saw several ducklings fall into a drainage hole in the center of the pond, and Serrano knew exactly who to call for help.

“I just thought, Charlie is a really good guy. Maybe he could go through the pipe and get them,” he commented.

Charlie immediately went down the drain and pulled out each duckling one by one as the neighbors reunited them with their mother.

“It makes me really proud. I’d love to take credit for training him, but really, he’s just a smart guy who wants to please. And he would do it for anyone,” Serrano noted.

The next day Worker Charlie returned to the scene and looked down the drain, checking for any stragglers.

Additionally, the AKC has called the Flat-Coated Retriever happy, upbeat, and good-natured.


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