Teen Cadence Beavers was filming a dance for a TikTok video outdoors when she unexpectedly ended up saving her sister’s dog’s life.
As she danced, she heard a splash in the pool behind her. She quickly turned around and saw the dog, named MJ, sink into the bottom of the pool, unable to get out of the water alone to breathe.
Beavers immediately takes off his shoes and, without hesitation, jumps into the pool to save her. She catches the dog, lifts it above the water and quickly brings it back to safety.
“I didn’t know that not all dogs can swim, so I heard the splash and turned around, then clicked that [MJ] just sank to the bottom like a rock,” Beavers said in In The Know. “I completely forgot that I was even making a TikTok!” It was just my instinct to take off my shoes and check my phone, then jump quickly. “
Beavers feared that MJ would choke on water, but luckily she was fine.
The entire rescue was filmed, which Beavers finally posted on TikTok. Thousands of TikTok users praised Beavers’ heroic efforts to save MJ, while others criticized Beavers for not taking his shoes off.
Beavers released a follow-up video addressing the criticism. “Just because I took my shoes off and checked if my phone was in my pocket doesn’t mean I appreciate these things more than my pet.”
In the video, MJ is huddled against her and seems to be perfectly fine after the frightening ordeal.
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