Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Courageous Acts!

What's the difference between a finish carpenter and a shark?

  1. Lipstick
  2. A tool belt
  3. Gills
  4. A finish carpenter is meaner

Well, you're free to answer that question anyway you like but folks in the Florida keys are claiming # 4. is the correct answer. Here's the story:

Greg LeNoir, a finish carpenter, had taken his 14 pound rat terrier Jake for a swim at Worldwide Sportsman's Bayside Marina pier in Islamorada, Florida. That's where the near tragedy occurred. LeNoir watched as a 5 foot shark grabbed his dog Jake and pulled him under the water. LeNoir shrieked and without hesitating leaped into action.

''I clenched my fists and dove straight in with all my strength, like a battering ram,'' LeNoir, 53, told the Miami Herald. "I hit the back of the shark's neck. It was like hitting concrete.''

The shark, no doubt feeling out-matched, released Jake and swam off.

photo is courtesy of Cammy Clark / Miami Herald / Associated Press and

The 28 month old Jake who was rescued once from an animal shelter is doing fine and in my words, has just been issued his second get out of jail free card!

LeNoir's wife of 17 years, Tessalee, said she wasn't shocked by her husband's heroics. ''People know him as Dr. Doolittle,'' she said. ``He's the one who climbs up a tree to save a possum.''

Well Doctor- this was more than just a regular house call.

For your bravery, courage, and clarity of thought and action -

I Salute You!

Intrepid remembers! God Speed!

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Undercover Black Man said...

Every once in a while, we see a reason not to lose faith in human beings.

I love this story!

intrepidideas said...

I agree. I'm a bit fascinated with this story as well. He clearly loves his dog. He and his wife are childless and I imagine that "Jake" was like a kid to him. I often read about dogs fighting off wild animals to save their owners but this was a bit of a twist. Gutsy Move indeed!

Tami said...

This was incredibly cool!

Jane Turley said...

That was an act of bravery indeed! But I am left confused... does that mean that both sharks and Finnish carpenters wear lipstick?? A rather shocking thought.

intrepidideas said...

Thanks Tami....

Miss Jane, have you been watching SNL again?

Jane Turley said...

Oh it's Saturday Night Live! I've never seen it, although it's probably on satellite or something.

Well, it's true.. I do like a bit of comedy!

Now how is Mr I today? Are you all geared up for your trip to The Big Apple? (Disappointed sigh)And I was so looking foward to our trip to the beach!

QVC said...

well this is really good act