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Jasperxxgabby
29th December 2008, 08:51 PM
This is a hard and horrible post to write at this time for me but keep your dogs on a lead around ponds this weather. This afternoon on her walk Gabby ran onto a pond which was frozen and she fell through the ice, the experience was so horrific to witness, and I cannot go into detail about it but I guess you can imagine. I guess it lasted all of 20 mins and I can't put into words the gratitude I feel to the man who saved her. Now I am left with the reality that something terrible could have happened to this man.

Gabby was rushed to her vets. She had hypothermia, her circulation is poor but steadily improving, her lungs are wheezing and she has a discharge from her nose. I can phone later to see how she is doing and I hope that she will be home tomorrow.

This walk is the same route we take every day at least once, and just after the pond I always put Jasper and Gabby back on lead because the road is sight. I never dreamed in a million years she would have done this and guilt is just one emotion I am feeling now along with stupidity.

I will probably not take that route for some time now, and I will no longer leave them off lead. Watch your babies around ponds and take care.

*Pauline*
29th December 2008, 09:02 PM
Oh my goodness, thanks for the warning, how very frightening. You must be a nervous reck now. I do hope Gabby will be ok, keep us posted. Thank goodness that man saved her. :hug: :hug:

linderbelle
29th December 2008, 09:05 PM
Oh my gosh. What a horrible thing to witness to your baby and I can't imagine the pain you were in watching it. Thank goodness that man was around and what a guy he was. Now that the incident is over you are feeling the guilt etc. Kind of like when somebody dies but you have nothing to feel guilty about--you would never ever hurt your babies intentionally and you made a simple mistake--anyone of us on here could have done the same thing. Your baby even knows that and heck you were out there in the cold walking her and she has a wonderful "mum" so pat yourself on the shoulder. I am praying for a fast recovery :xfngr: for your baby and again don't be so hard on yourself.

Gem
29th December 2008, 09:06 PM
how terrifying but you cant blame yourself its so easy to see how this happens with children aswell
:xfngr: she gets better real soon, what a lovely man that helped save her think you'd better get him a stiff drink:)

Karlin
29th December 2008, 09:31 PM
I'm so glad she sounds like she is OK and can only imagine how traumatic this was to watch and feel so helpless. That is really a freak accident but the warning is a good one. Don't blame yourself; how would you have known she'd have done this or that the ice would be so thin in that area? How kind of the man to help her. :flwr:

Shelli
29th December 2008, 10:04 PM
You must have gotten an awful fright, but don't blame yourself :hug:
Thank goodness that kind man saved her, I hope she makes a speedy recovery :flwr:

Nicki
29th December 2008, 10:51 PM
Oh no that was so scary for you :eek:

Bless that man, he was so brave and thank goodness both he and Gabby are ok.

A very timely warning to us all - sadly sometimes these things do not have such a good outcome. :(

MishathePooh
29th December 2008, 11:05 PM
This happened here last year with a lady, her young son and their lab in a river. Very fortunately for them, a man from the crew team saw and jumped right in saving the boy and his dog. Glad your pup seems like she's pulling threw steadily.

diddy
29th December 2008, 11:33 PM
What an awful shock youve had today, and how lucky that man managed to be in the right place at the right time! Dont beat yourself up over it, cos accidents happen very suddenly right out of the blue. I hope that you're feeling a little calmer tonight, and dear little Gabby is recovering well after her ordeal. Please update us tomorrow and let us know how you are both doing. Thinking of you.

pippa
30th December 2008, 12:00 AM
Oh dear you must have had such a traumatic time!

Don't feel guilty you were not to know this would happen...So glad the man was able to help.

Hope little Gabby is on the mend soon.

sins
30th December 2008, 12:50 AM
What a dreadful shock! That man deserves a huge thank you. I hope the little darling recovers.
Sins

Sabby
30th December 2008, 12:50 AM
Wishing Gabby a speedy recovery.
It must have been terrible to stand and watch this happening to Gabby. Thank God for a good Samaritan.

Elaine 2
30th December 2008, 12:58 AM
I hope Gabby's ok and you too, it must have been so frightening for you to watch, accidents happen in a split second so don't be too hard on yourself it's not your fault, take care you're both in my thoughts

Margaret C
30th December 2008, 01:02 AM
I did the same thing a good few years ago.

I was walking a whole crew of cavaliers, I probably had about eight or nine at that time, in a local nature reserve. It was a cold bright frosty day & I was admiring the beautiful scenery when I looked up & there far ahead of me were half my dogs, including my precious Monty & his three sons chasing ducks across the frozen lake.

There was no one else around. I was already beginning to have mobility problems because of arthritis. I knew that I would not be able to get down the bank, and I had the other dogs that would join in once they realised what was going on.

I had to turn around & walk away, whistling & calling as I went. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done, as I expected to see them all disappear into the water at any time. I was lucky, they eventually gave up the chase & came to join me.

I felt sick at the thought of what could have happened, nearly every year I had read about dogs drowning when they fell through the ice, and it haunted me for a long time.

These things do happen, suddenly a safe environment changes. We cannot live our lives always anticipating trouble.

Thank goodness for your Good Samaritan, perhaps he did put himself into a dangerous situation, but it was his choice, & look what he achieved. He must be feeling really good about himself.

I hope your little girl is back with you soon, safe & well. Give her a big hug from me.

Margaret C

HollyDolly
30th December 2008, 01:18 AM
Oh my word, yes I know exactly what it is like to witness something that horrific. I had only just started going out with Frank my then to be husband (did not know it at the time) We were going for a walk late February with my two dogs Cassie and Jade around the lodges, all of a sudden Jade spotted a duck on the frozen lodge and just jumped on the ice and ran across to greet the Duck. Yes you guessed the ice broke and Jade disappeared under, Frank started stripping his clothes off when the ice started to crack on the surface and up popped Jade who then managed to climb up onto solid ice,do not ask me how but she then ran across the ice back towards us. Frank scooped her up in his arms and wrapped her in his clothes and all was well. I knew then Frank was the man for me, walking back to our house with him showing nothing but his underpants was all it took for my heart to melt.
I hope all goes well with your baby, sending thoughts and hugs.

Cathy T
30th December 2008, 02:22 AM
Oh my gosh....how horribly scary!!! I'm praying Gabby will be okay. God bless that man who came in to save her. We don't have ice here but not something I would ever have thought of.

Mom of Jato
30th December 2008, 02:49 AM
I am so sorry this accident happened to you today. How very frightening! Thank goodness there was a kind man nearby that could help you. I'm glad you posted this warning to the rest of us- I never would have thought about the danger. I hope Gabby is feeling better real soon. Take care. :flwr:

brotymo
30th December 2008, 03:42 AM
oh my gosh, how scary! You must still be shaking. Don't second guess things. If anything, you will be vigilant about the water, you have educated many others, and perhaps, as a result, you have saved a dog or even several from a terrible fate. I hope that your Gabby is safe and sound and recovers quickly.
Hugs to you, and to your good samaritan. What a thoughtful and selfless thing he did.

merlinsmum
30th December 2008, 09:41 AM
How scary and frightening for both you and Gabby. Like Karlin says, you can never know when a freak accident will happen. Hope Gabby will be okay - give her a hug from me and they boys:paw:

Sandrac
30th December 2008, 09:52 AM
Oh what a truly terrifying experience for you both and thank goodness that there was someone around to help you.
Hope that Gabby is continuing to recover and will soon be back home with you.:flwr:

Margaret C
30th December 2008, 01:29 PM
Oh my word, yes I know exactly what it is like to witness something that horrific. I had only just started going out with Frank my then to be husband (did not know it at the time) We were going for a walk late February with my two dogs Cassie and Jade around the lodges, all of a sudden Jade spotted a duck on the frozen lodge and just jumped on the ice and ran across to greet the Duck. Yes you guessed the ice broke and Jade disappeared under, Frank started stripping his clothes off when the ice started to crack on the surface and up popped Jade who then managed to climb up onto solid ice,do not ask me how but she then ran across the ice back towards us. Frank scooped her up in his arms and wrapped her in his clothes and all was well. I knew then Frank was the man for me, walking back to our house with him showing nothing but his underpants was all it took for my heart to melt.
I hope all goes well with your baby, sending thoughts and hugs.

My goodness, you couldn't possibly let a man like that slip through your fingers.;)

Your tale made me think of my Mother's advice that you should never go out without putting on clean underwear.
She said you never knew when there may be an accident & it could become on public view.

Margaret C

Sabby
30th December 2008, 10:55 PM
Any update on Gabby?

Margaret C
31st December 2008, 02:41 PM
Hope that Gabby is back home now.

Margaret C

pippa
31st December 2008, 03:02 PM
Hope Gabby is well now and back home with you.

Jasperxxgabby
31st December 2008, 03:16 PM
Thank you all for your kind posts :hug:and Hollydolly and Margaret C thanks for sharing your frightening experiences. Hollydolly you made me smile, and the man who saved Gabby his boxer shorts and his one sock is besides the pond I've been told. :flwr: to everyone who's been thinking of Gabby.

Gabby came home at around 1.00pm yesterday and apart from fluid on her lungs which she has antibiotics for she appears none the worse from her ordeal. I know how lucky she is to be here today. I have walked Jasper today past the pond but he was on lead. When it is warmer I will take Gabby back. She has seen the vet today and he was pleased with her. It is hard to believe that she nearly died on Monday and is back to normal today, we are calling her our christmas miracle now :D.

Happy new year to everyone and take care.:)
Andrea

pippa
31st December 2008, 03:18 PM
So glad to hear all is well!

Cathy T
31st December 2008, 04:49 PM
Excellent news....so glad to hear she's going to be okay!!

Shelli
31st December 2008, 05:19 PM
Great to hear Gabby is on the mend :flwr:

StellaLucyDesi
31st December 2008, 11:46 PM
Oh, how awful for you! I am so glad that man was there to save your poor little dog! And, of course, I'm glad he's okay. I will be praying for you and your dog. Please don't blame yourself, these things can happen to the best. Just know that we all are thinking of you!:lotsaluv:

Elaine 2
1st January 2009, 02:59 AM
Great news, I'm pleased she's back home with her family where she belongs, gentle hugs from me for the brave little girl

Jasperxxgabby
3rd January 2009, 12:22 AM
Thanks all, and Elaine that is a lovely thing to say, she has had hugs through the week and visitors and treats.
Things are settling down now and I am not reliving the ordeal in my head now, I have seen the man who rescued her and he has dressings on both his legs because the ice cut him when he was in the pond.
I know I said Gabby wasn't going by the pond no more but we walked her there briefly, and she seemed quite happy but she wouldn't go near the bank of the pond never mind the ice, and her tail was between her legs. Couldn't believe it today because the pond is in sight of my mams and I looked over and older kids were walking over the icy pond :sl*p:.
The only thing now with Gabby is that if she gets excited or runs around she will pant and seem out of breath, but she is still taking her antibiotics and she will see the vet again on Monday, but her appetite is (as always) great so she is on top form :).

merlinsmum
3rd January 2009, 10:50 AM
So glad to here Gabby is okay:lotsaluv: