We’ve all seen Christmas cards and framed prints of happy skaters on open ponds and rivers.
They all look so carefree and joyful it’s hard to remember that they are literally inches away from death.
The frigid water beneath frozen ice can kill you in seconds.
Sadly, there’s no way of knowing how thin the ice really is unless it’s tested. And…testing can kill you.
Every year, almost 800 people die from falling through ice into the freezing water below.
The number of animals that have died the same way hasn’t been counted…but it’s sure to be shockingly high.
This lucky dog narrowly escaped death after his panicked owner contacted the Swift Current Fire Department in Saskatchewan, Canada.
His owner had made the near fatal error of allowing him to run off lead, and then not monitoring him carefully.
The happy dog cavorted out onto the ice…and fell through to what could have easily become a watery grave.
Firefighters responded quickly to the call and luckily were able to rescue the pup.
The dramatic scene was captured on video and posted to the SCFD Facebook page as a warning to parents and pet owners.
“STAY OFF THE ICE!!” Fire Chief Dennis Pilon wrote.
“Yesterday afternoon, our firefighters were busy at the creek, rescuing someone’s pet.
They allowed their dog to run off leash when it ventured out onto the ice and fell through.
Quick action calling the fire department helped save their pet.
Please keep your pets and children away from the Creek, the ice is thin and it is NOT safe.”
This dog got very lucky. This time. Take warning and follow the chief’s advice:
If ice isn’t posted as “safe” stay off it. And keep your pets off, too!
Source: I Heart Dogs