“Some of them landed in the water, and they were terrified and they were biting,” Walter said. “And trying to get a 120-pound Great Pyrenees into a boat — that was pretty hard.”
With 21 dogs on the boat, there wasn’t any room for people, so Walter, Beasley and the rest of the men stayed in the water.
“We were pushing the boat and keeping the boat from capsizing, and hanging onto the side and trying to get the dogs to safety,” Walter said. “There were some parts where I couldn’t touch the ground anymore. Some of these guys were 6 feet tall, so I thought they were touching, but they said, ‘No, we weren’t touching.’”