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Published on January 10, 2013 By Draginol In Pets & Nature

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This morning I brought my dog Bailey to work.  As I was talking on the phone while she scampered around, she went out on the “frozen” pond. Moments later, I heard a crash and looked up and saw that she had fallen in.  For a moment, she struggled to get out of the water back onto the ice but then slipped and fell further and got stuck under the ice.

Without thinking (and now I understand better how people end up getting themselves killed when this happens on lakes), I jumped into the pond, dragged her out and carried her out out. 

You can see in the photo above where I took a few steps onto the pond (left side), made the jump to break through and where Bailey had initially fallen (bottom most part of the broken ice). You can then see where she had gotten trapped under the ice (middle) and the pathway we cut through getting out (to the top).

Definitely the coldest I’ve ever been. Thankfully my coworkers drove back to my house and got me a new set of clothes since I was drenched up to my neck in smelly, frozen pond clothes.

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Bailey was none the worst for wear and was (seriously) ready to go back out on the ice. Crazy puppy.


Comments (Page 1)
on Jan 10, 2013

Awesome save, glad your new family member is OK 

on Jan 10, 2013

Yikes.  Well at least everyone is ok. 

on Jan 10, 2013

and now I understand better how people end up getting themselves killed when this happens on lakes

Many realize that, some without having to experience it first hand.  I am glad all is well with you and yours.

on Jan 10, 2013

Glad your doggie is OK. On the plus side, does this qualify for being a polar plunge member??

on Jan 10, 2013

Yea, you hear about someone going into a lake to get their dog and dying in the process and you think "Good god man, what were you thinking?" and now I know. They're not.  I didn't even put enough thought into just taking off my coat or putting my phone on the ground before I jumped in.

on Jan 10, 2013

That's a chilling experience. I'm glad you both got out ok.

on Jan 10, 2013


Scary shit, glad your alright and the dog is alright as well

Wizard1956
That's a chilling experience. I'm glad you both got out ok.

on Jan 10, 2013

Glad you both made it out of there! Keep an eye out for any sickness and go to the doctor, don't want to catch pneumonia or something.

on Jan 10, 2013

Bailey was clearly part of a plot to get you frozen. Watch her closely. Very closely.

 

Seriously...glad no harm came to either of you...

on Jan 10, 2013

Jeez, that's scary!  (Okay, Polistes already said that.)  The thing is, when someone you know (sort of) does something like that; that's the first time it seems like something that really could happen.   So ... don't do that sort of thing any more! ... please ...     

on Jan 10, 2013

Glad you're both Okay. That's some serious cold!

on Jan 10, 2013

Brave thing to do, Brad...

About the closest I have come to that was to do my 'Race Official' thing and stand in the middle of a road to prevent traffic from maybe running over my cat that had decided wanted to wander across the road....

on Jan 10, 2013

Brave thing to do, Brad...

About the closest I have come to that was to do my 'Race Official' thing and stand in the middle of a road to prevent traffic from maybe running over my cat that had decided wanted to wander across the road....

I don't know if I'd say it was brave. I think bravery would involve decision making. I simply reacted. My dog was going to die if I didn't do anything. Not to mention, I don't think I was ever in any danger. 

on Jan 10, 2013

Frogboy
I don't think I was ever in any danger.

 

Hypothermia isn't dangerous.    Not even a little.....

 

Glad you're both ok, Brad. Bailey's one lucky dog.

on Jan 11, 2013

Anyone else think this was going to be about 'It's a Wonderful Life'?

 

Glad you and your brother dog made it out okay, George Brad.

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