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Jerry Benedick and his black lab Axel spent Tuesday on the Middle Fork Willamette River, just downstream from Dexter Reservoir. "He swam in the water while I fished," Benedick said. "He was fine, everything was good." Benedick stopped at a store on the way home. While inside, he heard Axel barking. Concerned someone was messing with Axel, he went outside to investigate. Benedick found Axel collapsed in his kennel.