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Pound Puppy Takes The Plunge

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Tami Stanley rescues Labrador retrievers and 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," Stanley recalls.

But as Bunny healed, Stanley found the dog had a skill that was nothing to sneeze at.

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!"

Bunny could hold her breath and dive.

"Hey, look at this! So then we put it further and I held it with my toe on the bottom," Stanley says. "She went right down and got it! And then we just moved it out."

Soon Bunny was diving to seven feet deep. Then nine. Then thirteen!

"It was very exciting. I've worked with a lot of dogs and this was the only dog that has ever showed me this. For a dog to go underwater 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 TouTube, 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. It really is amazing!" Stanley beams. "Someone is going to love Bunny, and Bunny is going to make a great dog and a lot of fun for somebody."

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