June 30, 2008
9:30 a.m. EDT
A woman and two dogs were paddle boating in the Magothy River this morning. One of the dogs – occasionally, but not dependably answering to the name “Captain” – nudged the other dog off the boat and into the crystal clear waters of the Magothy.
The woman – identified as Kathy Homa was heard shouting, “Skipper, come”. But the overboarded dog – who is thought to be partially deaf – was dog paddling too hard to respond.
Mrs. Homa tried to hoist the big, black, water-logged mutt into the boat. Her fundamentally flawed plan was predictably unsuccessful. So, Mrs. Homa paddled like hell towards shore, hoping that Skipper would follow the boat (rather than heading off across the Magothy to Party Island).
Skipper did follow the boat to shore and is back home, resting peacefully.
Authorities praised Mrs. Homa’s quick reactions. No charges have been filed, but authorities said that they consider the circumstances to be “suspicious.” They did a DPS-like canvass of the area with negative results and still consider Captain to be a “dog of interest” in their continuing investigation.
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UPDATE July 2, 2008
Arnold authorites recovered a surveillance photo that clearly shows Skipper voluntarily jumping from the boat. Captain has been cleared and is no longer considered a “dog of interest”.