Dog’s Best Friend – Dean saves his dog’s life with CPR

Tuesday 5th July, 2011 by Compare Pet Care.


Dean Allen, a 15-year-old boy risked his own life by jumping into a river to save his pet dog, Bronk, from drowning. Dean had taken his dog for a casual walk with his friend, by the River Ryton near where he lived in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

Bronk, the 10-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier had jumped into the river after seeing another dog and his head had disappeared under the water and not reappeared. At this point Dean immediately dived in to the river to try to save Bronk, only to find Bronk’s leg had been entangled in some debris stopping him swimming up to the surface.

Dean managed to free him after some effort and hauled Bronk on to the river bank, but by this point Bronk was no longer breathing. With fear for his dog’s life, Dean then started to pump at his chest and breath into Bronk’s nose, from the lessons he had learned from attending first aid classes with St John’s Ambulance. Within moments Bronk started breathing again and Dean rushed Bronk straight home. Dean’s mum said she was very proud of her son and she took Bronk immediately to the vets where he was placed into an oxygen tent until he fully recovered. Bronk is now fully recovered from his traumatic near death experience and doing well.

  • Laura Lee

    well done some SBT owners are just great, I would have done the same. good lad

  • Sara Mclennan

    Hi Dean i just want to say being a lover of the breed….well done on your quick actions and saving your dogs life…..extremely couragous : D

  • Jessica Springall

    Well done Dean! What you have done was very brave and you have made this staffie cross owner (and many others) very proud! Give Bronk a big cuddle and kiss from us all x

  • Dean allen

    hi all i sure will give bronk a big hug from you all he is all well now and has made a full recovery :)


    well done good on you mate., I would do the same for my SBT.LL