A Grand Haven surfer used his board to rescue a struggling dog that a big wave swept off a pier in that Lake Michigan city.
Twenty-five-year-old Matt Smolenski says he grabbed the pooch's collar just as the exhausted animal stopped dog-paddling yesterday afternoon.
The dog wasn't on a leash when it was washed into the lake while walking on the pier with its owner, who was knocked down by the wave.
Smolenski rode a wave on his stomach to reach the dog, then put it on his board.
The animal rode the surfboard to shore with some help from Smolenski and his 24-year-old surfing buddy, Joe Riopelle of Grand Haven.
The grateful owner thanked Smolenski and gave him a high five.