Dog recued from frozen river

I am a sucker for good news animal stories like this one from the UK via Carla Sinclair.

According to the YouTube page:

RSPCA inspector Jaqui Miller successfully rescues a dog who had gotten stuck in a frozen river. The inspector was secured with a rope, and prones down to reach the dog without falling through the ice herself. She then frees the dog who then stumbles back to shore.


  1. says

    The dogs I’ve known would have suffered great hardship to stay with and help their human (that’d be: me) and I think they’re a good example to emulate. We’re all just critters on this earth here together, may as well help eachother out if we can!

  2. woodsong says

    Hmm. My first try (apparently) didn’t post. Here’s the story again (apologies if this posts twice).

    My husband has a good dog story from the days when he was working part-time as a firefighter, some years before we met.
    His department rolled up on a call to a house fire. The fire was advanced, though not completely consuming the structure, and all of the human residents were already outside. Except one: the parents told the firefighters that the baby was still inside.
    Naturally, this meant that a team (including my husband) had to go in and look for the missing child. They went in, and could hear the muffled sound of a dog barking. They decided that while the primary mission was to find the kid, they needed to get the dog out, too, so they proceeded in that direction first.
    They got a surprise when they found the dog. Here was a German shepherd, slowly making his way to the door, barking through a mouthful of cloth. The cloth in question was a baby-shirt. With the baby (unhurt by canine teeth) still in it.
    The firefighters got both critters outside, and told the parents that the dog was a hero. I don’t know the followup for certain, but IIRC both were alive and expected to do OK.
    Why the baby was left in the house, or the dog not mentioned to the firefighters, I don’t know. I suspect confusion and a need to get other kids out for the first (“You didn’t get him?” “I thought you had him!”), and a combination of knowledge that the dog was capable of getting himself out (and therefore might not be in there) and the expectation that firefighters shouldn’t be expected to risk human lives to rescue an animal for the second.
    However it happened, that’s a dog that was willing to risk his own life for the sake of one of his humans!

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