An icy pond made for a rough day for man and man’s best friend in Mishawaka on Monday. Sammy, a Golden Retriever-Pyrenese puppy fell through the ice and had to be rescued by the Mishawaka rescue Squad after chasing some ducks at the Remington Pond Apartments.
Sammy’s owners Edwina and Rylan Frazier say Sammy jumped a fence and took off onto the ice, when he ran out of room he ended up in the frigid water.
“It was a quick, split second before I could stop myself from running after him because your dogs are like one of your kids,” Edwina told Newscenter 16.
Brent Lake works at Mishawaka Fire Department and helped out at the afternoon rescue and saw the puppy struggling to tread water.
“We saw the dog out treading water and not doing really well, and kind of going up and down, and our first responders got a job of getting the gumby suit on, which is a neoprene suit. They put that on and went out for the attempt for the rescue of the dog,” says Lake.
According to Sammy’s “brother” Rylan Frazier, the rescue unit stayed out in the water and carried Sammy on the ice.
“I love them, they are my family members and I love them,” Rylan said after they rescued his beloved dog.
After the icy rescue Sammy is doing well. The Frazier’s are pretty sure he will think twice before heading out on the ice again. As for the rescue crew, they say it was all in a day’s work but also a good reminder for everyone and their pets to stay off the ice.