Colleyville dog makes an online splash

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Editor's note: Part of this story was corrected to clarify the color of Bunny the diving dog's coat. Bunny is making waves.

A video of the chocolate Labrador retriever puppy diving in a backyard pool has received almost 40,000 hits on YouTube, a video sharing website, since being posted on July 8. Bunny’s foster owners are hoping her newly found fame will help her land a permanent home.

The video captures the puppy’s dance-like descent into 5 feet of pool water to retrieve a submerged rubber chicken. She then dives deeper: 7, 9 and finally 13 feet depths. Each time, her nose points directly downward toward the yellow chicken as her paws peddle deeper and deeper.

Tami Stanley, Bunny’s foster owner and the director of Texas Lab Rescue, said she is wowed by Bunny’s talent.

“She enjoys it. It’s totally natural,” said Stanley, who has been with the Rescue since its start in 2004.

Bunny’s underwater talent surfaced when Stanley and her boyfriend were poolside with several dogs at his house in Colleyville. Stanley said she was holding the toy underwater to keep it away from another dog when she felt a tug. It came from Bunny who was underwater, holding her breath and grabbing at the toy.

She and her boyfriend tested Bunny’s diving skills in 2-foot increments. After a 13-foot dive, she had mastered the pool.

Stanley has received about 50 applications from people interested in adopting Bunny since the video on YouTube went viral. She said the puppy is not medically cleared for adoption yet. She will wait until Bunny’s old enough to be spayed before allowing her to be adopted.

Although a swimming pool won’t be required at her permanent home, Stanley hopes Bunny will be able to continue swimming.

“That would be ideal for some folks to have a place to go to the water,” she said. “It’s not a deal breaker, I just want Bunny to have a good life.”

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dustindangli

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