Chatham County Captain Gene Harley and his wife Kelly were driving on I-95 in Chatham County, Georgia, when they witnessed a dog fall out of the back window of a car in front of them, traveling around 80 miles per hour.
The couple watched in horror as the small black and white pup spun in the air and hit the pavement before running off into some nearby grass.
They were afraid to find out just how injured this pup was, but they knew they had to stop and help her. They quickly grabbed a towel from their car and wrapped the dog up.
They rushed her to Berwick Animal Hospital, where they learned that she was thankfully fine other than some scrapes and bruises.
It turns out that the four-year-old Lhasa Apso leapt out of her owner’s car after the child lock somehow managed to unlock.
Her owners drove several miles before realizing what happened, and called 9-1-1. They assumed their fur baby was dead and were nothing short of hysterical.
The officer who found Tasha had already contacted the police, so they were aware of the situation.
Tasha has since been reunited with her family, who is relieved that she is safe, and forever grateful for the Harleys.
Kelly Harley took to Facebook to share her and her husband’s story about rescuing Tasha.
“I know they say cats have nine lives, but I believe Tasha does, too,” she wrote. “I also think that God put Harley and me in the right place at the right time.”
“I don’t share this story to get a pat on the back for what we did; I share it because we witnessed a miracle yesterday,” she continued.
“Tasha could have easily been hit by traffic, suffered severe injuries, or could have been separated from her owners forever.
We are so blessed to help the couple find their dog and provide her comfort until the vet could work her magic and the owners could be with her.”
“Life is so fascinating, and I believe that things happen for a reason,” she concluded. “God is good. God was watching over Tasha yesterday, and for that, my heart is full.”
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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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!