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Rocky to the Rescue
Lab mix saves a girl from icy waters

Adam Shaw and his Labrador Retriever-Husky mix, Rocky, were walking by the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, Canada last weekend when they heard two screaming girls. The young sisters, Krymzen and Samara, were playing on a sled and ended up on thin ice. When they tried to get back on land, the ice broke and the girls ended up in the freezing cold water.

A father himself, Adam raced down to the shore with Rocky and pulled Krymzen out of the water, but the current quickly carried Samara downstream and out of reach. Samara was having difficulty moving her arms and legs because of the cold temperatures and started bobbing in and out of the water.

Adam tried throwing Rocky's leash to her, but it didn't reach. As he got closer the ice gave way, sending Adam and Rocky into the water. Rocky was able to get back onto the ice and Adam used the leash to pull himself back up. Seeing that Rocky was more nimble in the water, Adam asked Rocky to go back. The brave pup immediately jumped in and swam right to Samara. Once the girl got both hands on Rocky's leash, Adam called the dog back, and all were pulled back to shore.

Doctors say that another two minutes in the cold water could have cost Samara her life. Thanks to Adam and Rocky, both sisters are now safe at home.

This week the local fire station honored the heroic duo, giving Adam a fireman's hat and Rocky a giant rawhide bone that the pup grabbed from Fire Chief Ken Block before they could take off the plastic wrapper.

All in a day's work!

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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