Production on the “Baywatch” movie hasn’t started yet, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is already putting his lifeguard skills to work. The actor — and former pro wrestler — sprang into action over Labor Day weekend when one of his new puppies found itself in serious trouble.
Johnson had just returned home with his new French bulldog puppies — Brutus and Hobbs — when the situation turned dangerous. “Bring them home and immediately take them outside so they can start learning how to ‘handle their business and potty like big boys,'” he writes on Facebook. “I set them both down and they both take off in a full sprint and fall right into the deep end of our pool. HOBBS immediately starts doggy paddling while BRUTUS (like a brick) sink heads first to the bottom of the pool.”
With Brutus unable to swim, The Rock turned into a real-life superhero. “I take off into a full sprint, fully clothed, dive in the pool, swim to the bottom, rescue my brick, I mean BRUTUS and bring him back to the edge of the pool,” Johnson says. “He was a little delirious … Took a moment, threw up all the water he swallowed and looked up at me as if to say, ‘Thank God you didn’t have to give me mouth to mouth!’ and then ran off to play with his brother.”
It was a quick rescue for Johnson, but one that’s likely going to stick with him for a while. Mostly because when he dove into the pool, he forgot about something. “While sprinting to save your puppies life, before you dive in, try and throw your cell phone to safety,” he advises fans. “Don’t keep it in your pocket … like I did.”
It’s a small price to pay for Brutus to live a long and happy life, though. And Johnson makes sure to remind his fans about the importance of being alert around water.
“Not all puppies have the instinct to doggie paddle … some puppies (like BRUTUS) will be so in shock by experiencing water they will sink extremely fast so react quick,” he writes.