Hero Dog Helps Pull Girl From Icy River
(CNN) – Rocky’s been a fictional hero for decades, but in Edmonton, Alberta, today there’s a hero named Rocky who is definitely real — only he’s 8 years old and has four legs. This Rocky, a Labrador retriever-husky mix, is being hailed for pulling a 9-year-old girl from an icy river on Easter Sunday. His owner, Adam Shaw, 27, is getting similar praise. ”If that man and dog weren’t there — I just try not to think of it,” Miranda Wagner, the mother of Samara, 9, and her 10-year-old sister, Krymzen, said in an interview with CNN affiliate CTV. ”I just want to give him a big hug and tell him he’s my hero. If he wasn’t there I wouldn’t have my girls,” Wagner said. “Doctors said two more minutes and Samara would have been gone. “Rocky and Shaw’s heroics played out on the icy North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton on Sunday afternoon. The girls were tobogganing in a riverside park when they ended up on ice extending from the riverbank, their father, Corey Sunshine, told CNN affiliate CBC.
“From what I was told was, one of the toboggans came off the snowbank and onto the ice and they were trying to come back and the ice broke,” he said. Shaw said he was walking on a bridge over the river when he heard screams. Looking down on the river he saw one girl in the icy water and her sister trying to pull her out. By the time he and Rocky sprinted down to the river, both girls were in the water. He was able to pull Krymzen up onto the ice, but the current was carrying Samara downstream, about 4 or 5 feet from the edge of the ice, her head going in and out of the water, Shaw told a press conference Monday. He asked the girl if she could swim to him. ”She said she couldn’t move her arms, couldn’t move her legs,” Shaw said. He tried throwing Rocky’s leash to her but it didn’t reach. Then, as he tried to get closer, the ice gave way beneath him and his dog.
“He managed to get his front paws on the ice and I pushed his back end up so he was on the ice, then I used the leash and him to kind of pull myself up onto the ice,” Shaw said. By this time, Samara had drifted 50 or 60 yards farther down the river, still bobbing in and out of the ice-cold water. Shaw and Rocky ran to her again, but she was still out of reach. ”I put the leash around Rocky and pushed him to get in the water and I told her if she could get ahold of his leash, we could get her back to the ice,” Shaw said. ”He jumped in right beside her,” he said, and the girl managed to get both hands on Rocky’s leash. ”I called him back and he swam toward the ice,” Shaw said, getting close enough that he could grab both the girl’s arm and his dog and drag them away from the water’s edge. Fire rescue crews arrived shortly thereafter and took the sisters for treatment.
On Monday, they were home with their grateful mother, and Shaw and Rocky were being honored at the fire station — Shaw with a fireman’s hat and Rocky with a giant rawhide bone he grabbed from Fire Chief Ken Block before Block could take off its plastic wrapper. ”These two young ladies are very, very fortunate that such a family happened along and were able to intervene,” Block said. Shaw couldn’t dispute that. ”I guess it’s just a bit of a miracle that everything worked out perfectly,” he told CTV.
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Sources: CNN.com & ID4PET.com
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Top 11 Tips for Safe Air Travel with Your Pet
Traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and the four-legged members of your family. But with thoughtful preparation, you can ensure a safe and comfortable trip for everyone.
The ASPCA urges pet owners to think twice about flying their pets on commercial airlines, especially if they plan on checking them in as cargo.
Unless your animal is small enough to fit under your seat and you can bring him or her in the cabin, the ASPCA recommends pet owners to not fly their animal. If pet owners have already committed to transporting their pets on commercial airlines, the ASPCA is offering the following top ten tips for safe air travel with your pet:
1.) Make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian for a checkup, and make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date. Obtain a health certificate from your veterinarian dated within 10 days of departure. For travel outside of the continental United States, additional planning and health care requirements may be necessary. Contact the foreign office of the country you are traveling to for more information.
2.) Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and is wearing a collar and ID tag. The collar should also include destination information in case your pet escapes.
3.) Book a direct flight whenever possible. This will decrease the chances that your pet is left on the tarmac during extreme weather conditions or mishandled by baggage personnel.
4.) Purchase a USDA-approved shipping crate that is large enough for your pet to stand, sit and turn around in comfortably. Shipping crates can be purchased from many pet supply stores and airlines.
5.) Write the words “Live Animal” in letters at least one inch tall on top of and at least one side of the crate. Use arrows to prominently indicate the upright position of the crate. On the top of the crate, write the name, address and telephone number of your pet’s destination point, and whether you will be accompanying him or if someone else is picking him up. Make sure that the door is securely closed, but not locked, so that airline personnel can open it in case of an emergency. Line the crate bottom with some type of bedding—shredded paper or towels—to absorb accidents.
6.) Affix a current photograph of your pet to the top of the crate for identification purposes. Should your pet escape from the carrier, this could be a lifesaver. You should also carry a photograph of your pet.
7.) The night before you leave, make sure you’ve frozen a small dish or tray of water for your pet. This way, it can’t spill during loading, and will melt by the time he’s thirsty. Tape a small pouch, preferably cloth, of dried food outside the crate. Airline personnel will be able to feed your pet in case he gets hungry on long-distance flights or a layover.
8.) Tranquilizing your pet is generally not recommended, as it could hamper his breathing. Check with your veterinarian first.
9.) Tell every airline employee you encounter, on the ground and in the air that you are traveling with a pet in the cargo hold. This way, they’ll be ready if any additional considerations or attention is needed.
10.) If the plane is delayed, or if you have any concerns about the welfare of your pet, insist that airline personnel check the animal whenever feasible. In certain situations, removing the animal from the cargo hold and deplaning may be warranted.
11.) Lastly keep in mind that an up to date name tag is your pet’s safe ticket back home!
Source: ASPCA, ID4PET.COM
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