A singleton claims she had the ‘worst date ever’ after a socially-distanced walk with a man from Tinder turned into a rescue mission as she ended up in a river saving his drowning dog – while he ‘just stood there’.
Lizzy Johnson met a man online with a ‘cute’ boxer dog and suggested going for a stroll along the River Mole in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, but just as he said the dog had never seen water before the ‘excited’ pup dived in.
The 37-year-old claims that while the owner was ‘too busy flapping’ she darted down the steep and slippery bank to retrieve the dog but managed to slip straight into the water.
The mother-of-two was stuck for five minutes and was at one point chest-deep while the bloke made useless suggestions from the side-lines but she eventually clambered out unscathed.
A ‘soaking’ Lizzy and the pair made the ‘awkward’ ten-minute trek back to the car and parted ways but luckily he wasn’t her ‘cup of tea’ as she said he looked like ‘Shaggy from Scooby-Doo’.
She has since vowed to stick to more conventional dates from here on and captured some hilarious footage that shows her narrating the ordeal while revealing her damp and muddy clothes.
Lizzy, of Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, said: “It was probably the worst date ever – maybe because I wasn’t feeling him as well, it wasn’t a great date.
“It was my first socially-distanced kind of date and I’m just going to wait until things resume so I can be taken out for a nice glass of wine – dog walks are out of the picture for now.
“The funny thing is I’m on Tinder and Bumble having a look and if they’ve got a dog I’m like ‘no Lizzy, don’t do it, don’t do it’ – swipe left.
“I definitely saw the funny side to it – I’m proud that I saved the dog before thinking about my phone and keys, like him.
“All my friends were like ‘it could only happen to you Lizzy’ – I have no luck with dating and I just thought I’d share it.”
The mother-of-two said she didn’t know if it was her maternal instinct, being an animal lover or her training to ‘save everybody’ as a flight attendant, that propelled her down the bank – but she had to save that dog.
Lizzy didn’t even part with her phone or car keys before making the descent – but luckily she threw them on the walkway soon after she slipped as eventually she ended up in water about 4.5ft deep.
Lizzy said: “As the dog jumped in he just panicked and was like ‘oh my God, my dog’s never been in water before, omg’.
“I had to pull the dog out because the owner was too busy flapping.
“I pushed the dog out and he was just like ‘oh, I don’t know what to do’ and I was like ‘don’t worry – you just keep the dog out of the river.’
“He said ‘here, hold onto the leaves and I’ll pull you out’ and I was like ‘that was the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard – no, that’s not going to work.’
“He was like ‘here, hold my hand’ but I said ‘no because you’re going to fall in’ – it was so muddy and slippery and I was like ‘let me just think about this.’
“I took a step to the left in the bank and went even deeper below my boobs, so had to work out how to get out from there.
“I was wearing mini heeled boots so luckily I had some grip and I managed to get my leg quite high up above the water and hook onto a twig and I dug my hands into the bank to find something to grip onto.”
After the pharmacy dispenser eventually escaped the clutches of the River Mole the trio headed back to the car and parted ways.
But two hours later the dog owner messaged saying ‘Hey hope you’re alright, sorry about that’ with two emojis – but a ‘traumatised’ Lizzy didn’t reply and now she believes he has blocked her.
Lizzy said: “I got out and asked if my make-up was ok and he was like ‘yes, it’s fine’ – when I looked in the mirror at home I had mud on my face.
“We walked past quite a few families and they looked at me like ‘what have you been doing?’.
“He was like ‘I was going to go in, you didn’t need to do that – I was going to empty my pockets and then lie down the bank and pull him out’.’
“I guess he was trying to be logical whereas I was like there’s a dog in the river drowning – I need to get the dog out.
“Thank God I didn’t like him – I would have been horrified if I did.
“He looked like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo – he had the same haircut.”