So today, as I do every day, I’m walking my dog off her leash around Beavermead Beach.
She never runs away.
Suddenly she spots 2 ducks at the corner of the beach, and bolts after them! the ducks fly off into the water, the dog follows. She’s swimming only 10 feet off shore and follows the ducks in the water around the point, I’m yelling at her to get out, she doesn’t even notice, her golden retriever instincts have kicked in and she wants those ducks! All of a sudden the ducks start heading out to sea. She follows the ducks about 60-70 feet off shore, I’m starting to get scared! Finally the ducks head back to shore, she follows, She’s close, I throw a stick, she grabs it, she’s 20 feet off shore heading right to me with the stick in her mouth, when stupid ducks takes off again..
I’m freaking out! My dog is way out in the freezing cold waters of Little Lake with a stick in her mouth heading back to me, when suddenly the ducks took off again! The ducks landed about 150-200 feet off shore… the dog followed
I’m screaming for her, she’s way out now, she’s so far she doesn’t know where land is anymore, she starts swimming in circles, her head barley above water, 400 feet out now, drifting in the current, toward Lock 19!
She has to have been in the freezing cold water for 15-20minutes, swimming like crazy!
I’m on the beach with a woman and her 2 small children helping me call the dog “Suey!”, another guy, with another dog, tries to bate Suey back to shore, She just swims the other direction, she must be 500 feet off shore!
Now I’m convinced my dog was going to die, trapped in the current of the River 500 feet off shore. I’m standing on Beavermead beach screaming for her, she’s heading in the opposite direction toward the cemetery, there’s nothing left to do but go in after her..
Thinking the dog cost less then my iPhone, I emptied my pockets, took off the shoes, ripped off the shirt, and proceeded to Hasselhoff my dog from the chilly water. The second my foot hit the water, I knew this was a bad idea, but I kept going! the water got to about my waist, I decided that this was the dumbest idea Ever, but I kept going! I fully submerged my body in the Freezing cold Water, took 2 or 3 strokes with my arms, and thought I was going to die! I was panicked and freezing walking back to shore to get my shoes but when I turned around I couldn’t see Suey anymore!
So here I am standing on the beach soaking wet, freezing cold, my dog missing in the freezing temperatures of Little Lake, scrambling to get my shoes and shirt on, I was scanning Little Lake Screaming for any sign of my Dog! I grabbed my phone not sure who to call, I just called the last person I text messaged, turned out to be my Ex Wife!
Xwife “What’s up?”
Me: “I don’t know what to do, the stupid dog chased some ducks out into the lake, she kept going and now she’s like lost in the middle of Little Lake for like half an hour!
Xwife ” Ummm ummm I don’t know! Ummm, animal control? 911?”
Me “I don’t know, I can’t even see her anymore, she’s gone!”
Xwife “CALL 911!”
Me “Ok I’m calling, by the way get your stuff out’da my house!”
Xwife “I’m coming on Sunday, save the dog you idiot!”
I dialed 911 and spoke to the Peterborough Fire Department
Me: “My dog chased some ducks in the water, now she’s lost swimming in the middle of Little Lake I can’t see her, I don’t know what to do!”
They take my name and information, and the operator says
911 Operator “A crew is being dispatched, whatever you do, DON’T go in the water and tried to get her!”
Me “Where were you dolling out this advice 20 minutes ago Johnny Firehoes?”
Operator “Where is the dog now?”
Suddenly out of no where, the dogs head surfaces, she’s maybe 200 feet from shore!
Me “She’s actually headed toward me right now, she’s way out, but she’s fighting the current trying to get to me!”
Finally after over 30 minutes of being in the freezing water the dog finally came close enough to shore that I jumped in and grabbed her by the collar! scratching the hell out of me, I reefed the dog out of the water!
I screamed into my phone “False Alarm! Thank you very much but I got her!”
With the dog back on her leash, we proceeded to walk home, me shaking and freezing… the dog seemed rather proud of herself!
The Dog and I are not on speaking terms right now!