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ok i promise.. just because i got a puppy.. i wont drone on here about him every day..

But.. this could almost go in the safety forum..


I brought my pup to a friends house to play with their 8 month old springer spaniel.

They played in the house for a bit.. then my buddy suggested letting them play on the gated deck..

I went out back (just to verify) and saw the deck was gated but the left side abbutted a pool. it was 19 degrees saturday morning so the pool was frozen on top

The 2 dogs and my buddy went out to the deck.. His springer needs to be on a lead or enclosed still or it runs when it smells a bird... (hunting dog in training)

I went into the house to get my shoes on.. we had 3 inches of snow Friday...



i got out to the deck about a minute later and my buddy met me at the door soaking wet.. he said "I hate to tell you, but your pup went into the pool'

The pup thought it was solid and jumped onto the pool ice layer and ran to the middle, where it let go and he went under..

My buddy saw this and jumped in after Blu.. pulled him out and pretty much saved his life, i guess...


Blu was frozen shivering uncontrollably and scared.. but i got him in and dried him down and held him and warmed him...


It happened so quick.. all blu had was a chill.. I kept him dry and got him home shorlty later.. and put him next to the fireplace for the next 3 hours..

now that i think of it.. i was so messed up.. i forgot to thank my buddy for saving him..


Im usually very careful with my animals.. It could have been a horrible accident..



heres blu warming up.. he was unphased by the entire thing..

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You have a REAL good friend to jump in cold water to save your dog. I hope he is ok too. Sounds like a 25 year old bottle of his favorite beverage is in order. Glad your dog is ok! Hopefully he won't want to swimming again any time soon:D
 

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Hi John
that is scary............Sure glad your friend saved him. Better get your friend something nice for Xmas.
Rod
 

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Great to see someone cares about a dog almost as he cares about his own. One of gods great creatures who care so much about us humans can not be forgotten and he was not. Next time Blu needs to be jumping into the pool when it is 90 degrees. Our deceased Nickie just hated to go outside if it was raining (I think it was the fact he was a reformed street dog) but if it snowed he got way excited and wanted to be in the snow. Our recent addition Rocky (a springer also) could care less if it rains he just wants to be out anytime he can to smell the birds.
 

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i felt bad.. seeing as it was not even 30 degrees out.. and i did not even thank him.. (just a little frantic) i did call and thank him yesterday.. but you guys are right.. a christmas gioft is in order..
 

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l have 2 springers the one all way has to have some thing in him mouth l would like your trane him how to hunt but mothers says NO he is only a year old
 

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SJ,
You just learned an important lesson about puppy rearing. They are just like small children who have to be watched almost every minute when any type of danger is around because they will get into it like your pup. My bosses wife let a 8 week-old puppy run loose around a pool alone for a few moments. It fell or jumped into the pool and drowned. They kept the pool covered after that. Glad to read this didn't happen to your pup thanks to your friend.
 

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I have a beagle named Lulu. She has a problem, a spindle cell tumor on her snout. We have had it removed twice and it comes back. This dog has been to three vets now, x-rays and two surgeries. We have decided to run the course, so when it starts to bother her real bad I will put her down. It is like having children, people ask me "How can you spend all that money on a dog?" I answer "How can I not."
 

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SJ, as already said, you have one hell of a good friend to jump in that pool after your dog. Glad all is well with the pooch and everyone is OK. :thumbsup:
 

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Originally posted by jbetts13
l have 2 springers the one all way has to have some thing in him mouth l would like your trane him how to hunt but mothers says NO he is only a year old

james My buddies springer spaniel is an amazing dog.. Or breed rather..
He lost one last year.. he let it out and it smelled a bird or something and ran down to the road and got run down.. Their house is about 1/4 mile from the main street... But those dogs have an incredible sense or instinct on birding.. he's a big time hunter and will put that dog to the test

They brought their original dog in my back yard last year and the thing was a 'mess'.. so many smells to go after..

DB: yes you are correct.. im usually very careful.. it was a poor lapse in my judgement.. thankfully all was ok.

slip: well said.. as Dean posted a while ago.. to me and many other animal owners.. our pets are like our adopted kids..


Chief, Rod, Michael, Bob., rod, joe.. thanks.. and yup i agree great thing to do... my buddy will get a bottle of something this year
 

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Slipshod,
I had a beagle named Lester. He was free to a good home and I supplied the home. I had him just over a week when he decided to check out the highway and got smacked by a truck and broke his leg. So I took him to the vet and they did surgury on him and put pins in his bones to heal and put a cast on his leg. My now "bionic" beagle was suddenly a $500 investment. He wasn't much of a hunter but he sure was a friendly dog and I loved him dearly. Later in his life he got glaucoma in his eyes and I was putting eyedrops in to try to preserve his sight. Eventually he went blind, but was otherwise healthy. I used to walk him on a leash and would have to keep my eyes on him so he wouldn't run into stuff. He came to learn if I tightened up on the leash a little, to slow up and carefully smell for the obstruction in front of him. We worked it out like that for a couple of years. I cried when it came time to put him down. There is nothing like a good dog to brighten your day. Currently I have a cat. Less maintenance, but it ain't the same.
 
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