They lifted the exhausted looking dog into their boat and radioed the coast guard. They learned that the missing dog had been reported lost at sea by his worried owner three hours earlier.

Upon returning to shore, the dog was brought in to the coast guard, and the delighted and relieved owner came running, with tears in his eyes, to be reunited with his beloved pup, Jagermeister. The boaters are confident it was the life vest that saved him.

So, how did the dog find himself alone and in the middle of the ocean? The owner had to briefly go down into the boat’s bilge to check on something, and when he returned, the dog was gone. He looked and looked, trying to locate his pup, but genuinely thought he was gone, losing hope after searching for him for as long as he could.

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