Teenage hero: student saves dog

OXFORD – Let's face it, it's not everyday that a complete stranger goes out of their way to do a kind gesture; folks typically are more apt to grab their iPhone and start video recording when something goes awry rather than lend a helping hand to someone in need – but every once in a while someone unexpected comes out of the shadows and does something completely selfless.

Enter Oxford resident Tim Tiffany – and his 12 year old adopted Greyhound, Daisy.

A recent transplant from Norwich, Tiffany and his long-legged companion know few people in Oxford; but that was only temporary.

“Believe it or not, even a 12 year old greyhound can run very fast,” said Tiffany. “I was told when I adopted her from the greyhound rescue that no matter how much you trust your greyhound, you must never let them off lead outside a contained area. She told me once a greyhound gets loose, they panic, loose all judgement, and 99.9 percent of the time it ends in tragedy,” he explained.

But even practicing caution can sometimes lead to an inadvertent problem. “I thought that I had them trained to go out to their exercise area, but due to a temporary lack of judgement, Daisy ended up free – and she took off,” said Tiffany.

As Daisy descended the driveway and started towards a busy Route 12, Tiffany prepared for the worst. “I mentally resigned myself to the fact this was probably going to be one of the worst days of my life,” he explained. “When I got to the end of my driveway she was already over a block away and turning down South Washington Ave.”

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