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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, actor, WWE legend and living mountain of muscle can now officially add hero to animals to his ever-growing list of titles. It was a pretty notable Labor Day for The Rock as he posted a photo of himself and his newly adopted puppies in the family pool on Instagram after saving their tiny lives.

Labor Day weekend marked the arrival of The Rock's two new French Bulldog puppies, Brutus and Hobbs. However, it was almost the end for one of his puppies. The Rock described the ordeal on Instagram in detail.

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"(I) bring them home and immediately take them outside so they can start learning how to 'handle their business and potty like big boys,'" The Rock writes as he set his wiggly and excited puppies down in the backyard to get acquainted with their new home. However, as they wandered and The Rock looked on from across the yard, both suddenly fell into the pool after a burst of curiosity. Worse yet, it was the deep end, although even the shallows would've been too deep for their little legs. Hobbs managed to attempt the doggy paddle and stay afloat, but Brutus sank to the bottom.

Panicked, The Rock wasted no time in his dashing rescue. I take off into a full sprint, fully clothed, dive in the pool, swim to the bottom, rescue my brick, I mean BRUTUS and bring him back to the edge of the pool. He was a little delirious.. took a moment, threw up all the water he swallowed and looked up at me as if to say, 'Thank God you didn't have to give me mouth to mouth!' and then ran off to play with his brother."

The actor followed up this almost tragic tale with a warning to everyone that not all dogs instinctively know how to swim. Brutus may have just been shocked by the new situation of falling into the pool and didn't have time to acclimate to his innate abilities, but whatever happened, it is still a good lesson to heed.

Before signing off, The Rock also left another good piece of advice in his wake:

"While sprinting to save your puppies life, before you dive in, try and throw your cell phone to safety. Don't keep it in your pocket... like I did."


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