In April, Timothy Shaddock, an Australian local, set forth from Mexico with his canine Bella toward his objective of French Polynesia. In the wake of being untied in the Pacific Sea for almost three months, he set foot on dry land this week.

Shaddock explained during a news conference on Tuesday in Manzanillo, Mexico how grateful he was for being alive and how he and Bella were saved.

Shaddock reviewed that in the wake of seeing a helicopter hovering over his boat, a Mexican fishing boat called “Maria Delia”  safeguarded him and Bella, who were 1,200 miles from land, CBS News detailed.

“I did enjoy being at sea. I enjoyed being out there,” he told reporters, per CBS. “But when things get tough out there, you know, you have to survive. And then when you get saved, you feel like you want to live. So, I’m very grateful.”

A couple of weeks into Shaddocks near 4,000-mile voyage, an intense storm damaged his catamarans electronic system, leaving him unfit to cook, explore or impart.

Shaddock and Bella survived of raw fish and rainwater and Shaddock said that his dog Bella helped him cope with the overwhelming isolation. “She’s a beautiful animal,” Shaddock said, per the Times. “I’m just grateful she’s alive. She’s a lot braver than I am, that’s for sure.”

“Bella sort of found me in the middle of Mexico. She’s Mexican,” Shaddock said, per AP. “She’s the spirit of the middle of the country and she wouldn’t let me go. I tried to find a home for her three times and she just kept following me onto the water.”

Shaddock intends to get back to Australia to accompany family, however Bella will remain in her nation of origin, possible because of Australia having very severe creature quarantine regulations. ” The Australian consulate truly settled on that choice for me,” Shaddock said while talking about Bella staying in Mexico.

Perhaps one of the greatest illustrations of the old saying, “A dog is a man’s best friend,” can be found here.

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