Frozen ponds can often look like a nice open play space for dogs. The problem with this is that sometimes, the ice is too thin to walk on, even if you have four small paws.
According to this dog owner from Bozeman, Montana, “My husband was walking three dogs around our neighborhood pond on a cold and snowy morning. One of the dogs, Finn, the golden retriever, decided he wanted to take a break and roll around in the snow.
“Then, Finn decided he wasn’t going anywhere and refused to move, so my husband let him off his leash and kept walking with the other dogs, expecting Finn to catch up when he was ready.”
Her husband got to the other side of the pond and looked back for Finn only to see him taking a shortcut across the frozen pond. As he walked across the icy pond, he fell right through the center of the pond.
“My husband called me in a panic and said ‘I’ve got a huge problem, Finn just fell through the ice on the pond!’ I ran outside in my pajamas and saw that Finn was way too far out for us to rescue on our own and immediately called 911.”
In the meantime, her husband was trying to throw a rope out to the dog and fell through the ice up to his knees. Finn was just hanging out whimpering, only his head and two front paws visible over the ice.
“When the fire department finally arrived, my husband ran home to try to remove his boots which were frozen to his feet.
“The fire department reacted super quickly. One firefighter was dressed in a dry suit with a rope attached and immediately crawled out onto the ice with the other firefighters ready to pull him in.
“The firefighter fell through the ice as he neared the dog, but was able to reach Finn and lift him onto the ice. Finn walked off the ice and ran back to our house. We warmed him up by the fire by rotating blankets in and out of the dryer.
“Finn had been in the water for over 30 mins in five-degree temperatures. We are happy to report that Finn recovered and went to the fire department later that day to thank the firefighters who rescued him!”
Watch the rescue unfold in the video below!
In other news, this wasn’t the only recent icy rescue. Check out the amazing heroics of a police officer in the next article below!