The year 2022 has ended in a sᴄᴀʀʏ and cold way for a dog. The dog with the distinctive black spot covering one eye felt a bit awkward on New Year’s Eve. Somehow, she got sᴛᴜᴄᴋ on the ice in the middle of a frozen river in Detroit, Michigan. Just when all seemed lost, a Coast Guard boat appeared just in time!
On December 31, a five-man team from the Detroit area of the US Coast Guard was conducting a routine patrol inspection of the Detroit waterfront, when, according to the Detroit Free Press, the animal was spotted Struggling to float on icy water. They soon realized it was in need of help: a small white dog had fallen into the river and was ᴛʀᴀᴘᴘᴇᴅ.
Although the crew said they “didn’t often” do rescues like this, because they happened to be there at the time, they decided to help the poor dog when she needed it. One member of the crew, 22-year-old Junior Officer Cole Harper, crossed the thin ice to reach the dog.
They rush to devise a plan and immediately embark on a risky rescue mission to save this adorable dog, with the help of other team members on a leash. Junior officer Cole Harper, dressed in a dry suit, carefully crawled through the thin ice towards the frightened animal. As he approached the dog, he wrapped his arms around it and held on tight while his team pulled them both back onto the ice, toward the waiting boat, and then made their way back to safety.
For the frozen puppy, it was a very welcome help: “The dog was very welcoming and quite grateful for what I heard. And quite happy,” said Ensign spokesman Adeeb Ahmad.
Coast Guard officers warmed the dog before taking it to the Detroit Animal Care and Control Center. She will be evaluated by a veterinarian, have her microchip checked, and potentially be adopted if no one adopts her.
It’s unclear where the dog came from but she will soon have a home if she hasn’t before. “One of the crew members said he told his wife that if no one took the dog, he wanted to adopt it,” Ahmad said.
We’re so glad the Coast Guard happened to be patrolling that particular spot on the river that day! Let’s hope this is a sign that this dog’s fortunes are about to change dramatically.