Dogs And Stupidity

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  1. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Ok, so I had a memorable moment with my dog, Marley.

    We were out walking and I was throwing the ball for her. She's on the leash most of the time, but when we're throwing the frisbee/ball/stick I just let her go - the leash dragging the ground behind her when she runs.

    We're going back inside when she notices a bunch of geese down the hill by the lake and takes off. I yell for her to stop, but she's in chase mode - bleh. Geese, squirrels, deer, cats and anything that runs from her she'll chase - and this is important - if *she* thinks its safe. I've seen her listen to me before and stop chasing a cat into a street when she saw cars coming, but then later she'll run right out into a street because she knows there aren't any cars. Too smart and stubborn for her own good.

    The lake is partially frozen, and she's been out on the ice before so its nothing new - however, geese are a lot lighter than her 50 lbs - so when she gets near the leading edge of the ice - about 150 ft from shore - the obvious thing happens - and no amount of yelling from me made any difference. Although I imagine everyone in the neighborhood heard me yelling :D

    So now she's swimming in 32 degree water, with a collar and leash dangling from her neck, whining, trying to crawl back on the ice. I'm happy to now realize I handled it pretty well - didn't really think about what to do at the time, just did it. I ran to a neighbors to possibly get their row boat, but it didn't have oars and was too heavy, called both immediate neighbors to see if they were home (both were out - figures) and then ran up the hill to my garage where our canoe was parked for the winter. Got some oars, and set an all time record for the 200m canoe drag. Down the hill and running across a couple lawns to a neighbors dock a few doors down since they were the closest with open water, I threw the canoe in the water and put on a life vest. I paddled back around and over to where Marley was and at first she didn't want to come in the canoe, but then after another failed attempt at getting back on the ice, she swam over. I pulled her in and got soaked and cold at the same time and paddled back to shore.

    Bleh - well, now she's officially a member of the Canine Polar Bears Club. And she's sleeping behind me in my office now - exhausted and clean (got a warm shower when I brought her back inside).

    I need a beer....

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  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Nice work. Did it all appear to happen in slow motion, like Baywatch? :cool:
     
  3. iSaint macrumors 603

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    Wow, amazingly calm during this rescue. Got any pics of the scene? Glad she's ok! (and you)
     
  4. iBlue macrumors Core

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    how scary. :( i'm glad everything is ok. i'd say you're definitely deserving of a "grace under fire" award, well done you!
     
  5. zelmo macrumors 603

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    Way to keep calm, Mr. Anderson. sounds like she was treading in icy water for several minutes. No doubt she's exhausted, and I imagine you are as well, now that the stress is past. Enjoy that beer.
     
  6. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    I thought this was going to be one of those my dog crapped in his food dish kind of things, glad you got your dog and you both didnt become statistics.
     
  7. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    Wow! I'm glad that this story has a happy ending and that both of you are none the worse for wear. Whew...

    I'll bet Marley will remember THIS lesson the next time she's tempted to chase anything out on to the ice!
     
  8. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    Congratulations, Mr. Anderson. You saved a life, today! That calls for a Paws and Reflect Award. Here ya' go.
     

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  9. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    took one - and one of her right now :D

    this all happened about 1 hour ago :rolleyes:

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  10. Doctor Q Administrator

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    How thoughtless of you not to take a movie of your own rescue. :rolleyes:

    That's ONE AMAZING STORY, Mr. Anderson. Congrats on your adrenaline-fueled rescue!
     
  11. floriflee macrumors 68030

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    I'm just glad you were level-headed enough in that situation where you ran for the canoe rather than try to do something silly like slide on your belly across the ice like a penguin and try to pull her in from there. Way to go!!
     
  12. emw macrumors G4

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    Glad to hear all is well with the both of you. I imagine you didn't think much about it while it was happening, but once it was over were probably shaking a little bit, if nothing else from the adrenaline. Wow.

    I guess it's also a good thing you weren't there with your son as well... talk about complicating circumstances. :eek:
     
  13. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Mr. Anderson, you should jump into the lake yourself now, to see if Marley will rescue you.
     
  14. macartistkel macrumors 6502a

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    Oh my gosh, what a story! I am so happy to hear she is ok!! Maybe she will listen next time!! :rolleyes:

    And I doubt I would have been so level headed....I can see myself jumping in out of PANIC. The only story I have of rescuing an animal and feeling that scared was when my parakeet flew off my shoulder up in some trees one time. I was tring to walk 2 feet inside my house while cleaning out her cage. I thought for sure she would stay on my shoulder right quick, but nope...she took off flying and it took every kid in the neighborhood and like 5 long hours to finally catch her and get her back to safety!! :)

    I just did a bunch of screaming and crying but I was also like 10 years old! :eek:
     
  15. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Ha! That's for sure - he was napping, thankfully.

    Q - come visit and I'll let you jump in first :p I got wet enough getting her out of the water into the canoe - and my fingers and hands were numb by the time I got inside....that was enough for me :D

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  16. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    awesome story. glad you both are okay. dogs are a bit headstrong at times aren't they? is that an understatement or what? :)

    have a beer, or two or three, and relax.
     
  17. EGT macrumors 68000

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    Yeesh - Did you have to walk across ice?

    Stuupid dog! (No offense) It could have been a lot worse.

    Nicely done, Mr Anderson! :cool:
     
  18. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    The same thing happened with our dog, Marion, a few winters ago. The woman went out onto the ice on her belly (to distribute her weight -- them's the smarts that get you your doctorate) and reeled the dog back to ice and then land.

    Marion was traumatized of course, but still stupid enough to do the same thing a few weeks later. So the woman went back out on the ice, on her belly, and dragged her back.

    We never let her off leash near Cayuga Lake again!
     
  19. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    there was no way I was going to go out on the ice myself - i'm 190 lbs - no matter how its distributed, I'd break the ice and go swimming with the dog.

    The canoe was the only real option.

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  20. Backtothemac macrumors 601

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    Wow, you know when I met you in NOLA, I knew that you had that live saver mentality. Way to act under serious pressure. That is awesome D.
     
  21. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    NBC this morning is reporting on an Air Force vet who saved his bulldog from drowning with CPR. Anyone catch it? Must be a slow news day.

    It's 5:18 am here, up all morning. I guess I'm bored. The hour jumps ahead an hour but in Pulaski county, Indiana, the time jumps 2 hours ahead. LOL.
     
  22. r6girl Administrator/Editor

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    wow! great rescue! you were so much more calm than i would have been in the same situation. i'm sure there'd be a darwin award waiting for me since i would jump in after my dog as opposed to finding a boat (and another person to help, since my great dane weighs 120lbs and would probably be impossible for me to lift into a boat by myself). :eek:
     
  23. AppleDuck macrumors member

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    Great rescue! I'm glad you and Marley are okay.:)

    My dog also loves chasing stuff, including geese and ducks. But once they go into the water, he's had enough chasing! He hates getting wet and won't put a paw into a lake.
     
  24. Elixer macrumors regular

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    Oh wow, awesome job on the rescue. Glad to hear she's okay. I can't believe how clam you were through the whole experience.
     
  25. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    cool story.

    My dog chased a bear once and jumped on its back. Luckily the bear was either scared or wanted nothing to do with my dog and ran away.
     

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