During a recent appearance on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Dick Van Dyke recounted a beautiful story. Years ago, he was surfing (who knew that Dick Van Dyke surfed?) off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va., (who knew that he surfed in Virginia Beach, of all places?) when he drifted out to sea after falling asleep on his surfboard. When he awoke, he could no longer see land.
“I looked around and I started paddling with the swells, and I started seeing fins swimming around me,” he told Ferguson. “I thought, ‘I’m dead.'”
Obviously, since Dick Van Dyke has reached the ripe old age of 84, all was not quite lost. The fins, it turns out, belonged to porpoises.
“They pushed me all the way to shore,” he said. “I’m not kidding.”
We believe you, Dick. There is no shortage of stories about heroic animals saving the lives of humans and other animals. Do you have any stories to share? Feel free to post them below.
Make your time with your friends and family—including your animal companions—even more meaningful.