Blind dog, Norman, rescues drowning girl

One Monday morning in July 1996, 14-year-old Lisa Nibley and her younger brother, Joe, were swimming in the Necanicum River in coastal northern Oregon when they were caught in the rising tide.

Joe was able to scramble onto shore, but Lisa was caught in the tide and carried further and further away from the shore. She struggled against the powerful current, but kept going under. Then she prayed to God for help.

On the beach, Annette McDonald was walking Norman, a blind, yellow Labrador retriever whom she and her husband, Steve, had rescued from a dog pound. Abandoned by his original owner, Norman was only two days from being euthanized.

Annette said it was unusual for her to walk Norman that morning, but something “came over her”.

While walking on the beach, Norman suddenly ran toward the sea, having heard Lisa’s cries for help.

Altogether, the dog bolted 150 yards straight into the water.

Then Norman hesitated because Lisa, weak from her struggles, had stopped screaming.

So Annette yelled to Lisa to call out to Norman.

Using his hearing, Norman, the blind dog, made his way to Lisa and towed her back to shore.

Lisa’s grateful parents, Jeff and Elaine Nibley, tried to raise money for surgery to help Norman’s blindness.

Sadly, Dr. Grant Maurer, a veterinary ophthalmologist at the Animal Eye Clinic in Tigard, OR, determined that Norman had a genetic disease that cannot be cured with surgery. (AP)

H/t Kelleigh

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This definitely goes to the idea of animal saints. ♥

Kelleigh Nelson
Kelleigh Nelson

I just love these 4 legged God given creatures…they’re angels

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu

It is rather miraculous that Norman was saved from certain death while in the dog shelter. Then at a future date, being responsible for saving the young girl’s life shows that Our God knows the future, and at times brings occurrences into play that will be instrumental in fulfilling future events.

I am so grateful for the blessings and the wonderful gift that these creatures, who are without sin, bring to my life, and those of others.


Good job Norman!


Aren’t they absolutely wonderful!


The dog not only is man’s best friend, the dog is the best friend any species could ever have. They teach us many things–patience, loyalty, perseverance, nobility without arrogance, selfless bravery. But most of all, they teach us unconditional love, a mirror of God’s love for us. I hope one day to become the man my dogs think I am. God bless Norman.


That’s why “dog” is God spelled backwards.


Here Here! Applause, Auntie!