Officer Uses Kayak To Try And Grab Dog Who Fell Into A Pond While Avoiding Cars

A Boxer Mastiff mix named Akela got lost one day and was running loose on a New Jersey road when she unwittingly got herself into major trouble.

Apparently, she swerved at the last second to avoid getting hit by a car, and in the process she fell into a nearby muddy pond.

As she began drowning in the sticky muck, an onlooker anxiously called the Washington Township Police Department for help.

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By the time Officer John Kuligowski and his team arrived at the pond, Akela’s body was almost fully submerged in the pond.

She was paddling hard to escape and keep her head above the water level, but the weedy underwater overgrowth only trapped her further.

As time was running out, Officer John reached out to a local resident to borrow a kayak.

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Officer John hurriedly commandeered the kayak and made his way through the filthy water. But once he got hold of Akela, he realized she was too heavy to be picked up.

In those tense seconds, the brilliant officer decided to pull the scared girl out of the muck and lead her way to the shore.

His team members also threw a ball at Akela and motivated her to tread her way out to safety!

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Once out of danger, Akela thanked her rescuers wholeheartedly with non-stop cuddles and kisses! The happy camper also smiled brightly as she posed for a few pictures with her saviors.

She has now been shifted to Animal Control Solutions after a heath checkup, while the officers are still trying to locate her family. 

Let’s get the word out and help Akela reunite with her owners who are probably worried sick for her.

Click the video below to watch how Officer John Kuligowski and his team heroically rescued Akela from the mucky pond.

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10 of the Smartest Dogs in the World:


A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.

Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.

1. German Shepherd

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No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.

2. Beagle

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Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.

3. Golden Retriever

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A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.

4. Border Collie

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Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.

5. Poodle


Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.

6. Belgian Malinois


A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.

7. Papillon

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Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.

8. Doberman


Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.

9. Bloodhound

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Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.

10. Australian Cattle Dog

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You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.

Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!

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