Teenager Cadence Beavers was filming a dance for a TikTok video outside when she unexpectedly ended up saving her sister’s dog’s life.
As she was dancing, she heard a splash in the pool behind her. She quickly turned around and saw the dog, named MJ, sinking to the bottom of the pool, unable to get above the water on her own to breathe.
Beavers immediately takes her shoes off and, without hesitation, jumps into the pool to save her. She grabs ahold of the dog, lifts her above the water and quickly walks her to safety.
“I didn’t know that all dogs couldn’t swim so I heard the splash and I turned around and then it clicked that [MJ] was just sinking to the bottom like a rock,” Beavers told In The Know. “I totally forgot I was even making a TikTok! It was just my instincts to take off my shoes and check for my phone and then jump in quickly.”
Beavers feared MJ would choke on water, but thankfully she was OK.
The entire rescue was caught on video, which Beavers ended up posting to TikTok. Thousands of TikTok users praised Beavers heroic efforts for saving MJ, while others criticized Beavers for stopping to take her shoes off.
Beavers posted a follow-up video addressing the criticism. “Just because I took off my shoes and checked if my phone was in my pocket doesn’t mean I value those things more than my animal.”
In the video, MJ is cuddled up next to her and seems to be doing perfectly fine after the scary ordeal.