A pet pooch ended up stuck between a rock and a hard place - after sparking a rescue bid by getting stranded at sea at a Wearside beach.
The Jack Russell, called Gertie, got into difficulty after chasing a flock of birds into the sea at Cats and Dogs beach in Sunderland.
The mischievous dog became stranded on a rock but was spotted by a keen-eyed RNLI lifeguard who made sure the tale had a happy ending.
Lifeguard Joe Wilson was patrolling the area known as Parsons Rock at about 3.45pm today when he heard a couple shouting for their dog.
The pet rescue was kicked into gear when he saw Gertie perched on nearby rocks and waded out to reach her.
Gertie was becoming submerged up to her chest and was too scared to swim.
After trying to secure her with his rescue tube (a long yellow flexible tube) Mr Wilson managed to scoop her into his arms and brought her back to the shore - bring an end to a woof day out at the beach.
Mr Wilson and fellow lifeguard Alex Richardson checked Gertie over and found that she didn’t have any obvious injuries.
She was then reunited with her grateful owners.
Mr Wilson said: “Gertie had raced into the sea and had become so distracted by chasing birds that she got caught out by the tide. She was stressed and shaking when I reached her but seemed very happy to see me.
Our charity’s lifeguards assist with animal rescues to prevent owners from putting themselves in danger.
“We were very happy to get Gertie’s paws back on dry land and offered her owners some friendly safety advice about tide times.’