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Ottawa man dies trying to save his dog

Rick C
March 29th, 2006, 08:54 AM
Sad story from Ottawa:

Rick C

March 29th, 2006, 10:58 AM
That is the saddest story. I suppose some will say he was a fool. No fool!

March 29th, 2006, 12:34 PM
I'd die for my Furball :)...i'm going to die one day, i'll like rather die trying to save someone or some animal rather than taking the easy way out..

March 29th, 2006, 01:17 PM
Years ago, this happened to a newlywed friend of mine when he was trying to save his puppy on the Thames River near Woodstock. Both Mark and the puppy perished unfortunately.:sad: leaving a wife and small newborn behind......I am feeling a little veclempt(?) right now, having read this article. A lot of sad memories have just hit sad and so sorry......

March 29th, 2006, 04:52 PM
Soon as I saw the word Ottawa I knew It was ice. How sad.

Many times when a human dies trying to save an animal in icy water the human dies and the pet survives.

Still Im pretty sure Id be in there too. Sad.

March 29th, 2006, 10:00 PM
Very true...most dogs are amazing swimmers and it seems much less susceptible to hypothermia.

March 29th, 2006, 10:05 PM
There was another boy yesterday who fell down a part of a cliff after he tried to pull his dog back up in Vancouver. They were rescued safely.:thumbs up

Rick C
March 31st, 2006, 11:12 AM
Very true...most dogs are amazing swimmers and it seems much less susceptible to hypothermia.

I saved Keeper from an icy demise after she ran out of my sight over a hill on the pasturelands we frequent and went through the ice of a slough. She had ignored my calls to stop, all in the spirit of exploration and bad training. I ran to catch up knowing the danger was there but she'd already gone through.

While its true I did go out on the ice to retrieve her I was also confident, knowing the body of water, that I wouldn't plummet over my head if I went through . . . . I was basically risking a good soaking in sub zero temperatures a mile from any building.

Keeper, however, was definitely unable to touch bottom and unable to get out, hanging onto the ice by her front paws.

Keeper's version of events . . . .

I never let them go on frozen river ice.

Rick C

March 31st, 2006, 11:43 AM
Diving in after Hunter is something definitely won't do. Not because I don't love him, it's just that...well....I can't swim :o and have little to no chance of saving myself let alone save him. But then again, I don't live within running distance to any bodies of water :D