Diving dog goes viral on the web, but still needs a home

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Posted on July 17, 2013 at 11:37 AM

COLLEYVILLE, Texas (CNN/KTVT) - A woman who rescues dogs got quite a surprise when she brought Bunny home from the pound.

Tami Stanley didn't know the depth of the dog's talents until they were playing in the pool.

Stanley rescues Labrador retrievers, and she took Bunny in from a shelter with a bad case of mange.

“She was all hairless here, and no hair around her eyes, and no hair on her ears,” she said.

But as Bunny healed, Stanley found the dog had a skill, and it happened in the pool.

“I happened to grab the toy, and it was just here under the water. And Bunny came swimming by and just went bloop,” explained Stanley.

Bunny could hold her breath and dive.

“So then we put it further, and I held it with my toe on the bottom,” said Stanley. “She went right down and got it, and then we just moved it out.”

Soon, Bunny was diving to 7 feet deep, then 9, and then 13.

“It was very exciting. I've worked with a lot of dogs, and this was the only dog that has ever showed me this,” said Stanley. “For a dog to go under water that far, on her own, and to be able to hold her breath, you know. That's a lot of pressure for dogs, so it's very unusual … And if you've seen her do it when she comes out, she immediately blows out this big wad of air.”

Bunny's underwater video has drawn thousands of hits on YouTube (You can watch the video below). And Stanley hopes the video will make a splash with someone who'll give Bunny a new home.

“And to have a dog come out of the shelter that somebody else discarded with a really cool skill is very exciting for me, personally,” said Stanley. “It really is amazing. Someone is going to love Bunny, and Bunny is going to make a great dog and a lot of fun for somebody.”

As much as Bunny enjoys diving, her favorite thing to do is to go on hikes and be outdoors.

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