What This Protective Schnauzer Did To Save This Little Girl Is Touching

By Travis Greenwood

What did we do to deserve dogs?

That's the question people are asking after incredible video surfaced on YouTube in which a loyal and protective pup, Yatzi, vigilantly shields a small girl, Arelli, from the encroaching waves at a beach.

While the clip was recorded in 2015, it's been re-trending this week after a short snippet muscled its way to the top of a popular subreddit for GIFs with nearly 90,000 upvotes and another 2,500+ comments.

In response to a question from a viewer, Arelli's dad Jacque extolled the virtues of the giant schnauzer breed:

"Their stance, size, and appearance are certainly unmistakable for a criminal to consider. Yatzi here is 88 lbs and 31" tall and knows how to place herself to get a job done. Thier [sic] bark is also pretty intimidating. "

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And it turns out that Yatzi's bodyguarding impulses extend to any environment with water — including the family's pool and hot tub.

"The first time my daughter got into the Jacuzzi and we turned the bubbles on Yatzi went nuts and she actually did pull her out of the water by her bathing suit."

Press play to watch this very good girl at work shadowing her human BFF.

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