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Nude Dog Rescuer -- My Lungs Were Collapsing!

3/20/2009 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We barely noticed Eric Nies with his clothes on in New York yesterday -- but the "Real World" doggy rescuer claims he's used to getting naked and jumping in freezing cold water because he frequents bathhouses ... no, not that kind.

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The naked pooch rescuer finally explained why he felt compelled to strip down and save his friend's dog -- then he showed off the best way to raise your body temp after diving buck naked into freezing water.

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