Complete Strangers Band Together to Form Human Chain to Save Dog Inches from Death


Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

It is usually easier to work with others to get something accomplished than trying to do it all yourself.

It is commonly said that teamwork makes the dream work, and a group of people in Kazakhstan proved exactly that.

A little dog was inches from being swept away by rushing water, trapped inside a canal when a group of strangers banded together to save him.

One brave man climbed down into the canal to try to rescue the dog, but couldn’t pull him to safety by himself because the edge of the canal was too steep.

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So, onlookers decided to lend a helping hand.

Three men took each other’s hands, and one held on to the fence, and they formed a human chain to try and reach the rescuer with the dog.

But they could not stretch far enough to reach the man holding on to the pooch.

So the man in the water below took the dog and gently tossed him further up the ledge.

The human chain still could not help the dog.

“They need at least one more person!” an onlooker yelled.

All hope seemed to be lost when one last man came running to complete the chain.

People on the other side of the fence held on to the last man on the chain as he lowered the other three towards the dog and the man below.

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Slowly, they pulled him up to safety and congratulated each other on a successful mission.

We are impressed by the rescue efforts of this team of strangers and glad the dog is back to safety.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
Books Written
Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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English, French
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Politics, Health, Entertainment, Faith