A UPS driver is being praised for defying an icy pond to rescue a drowning young dog trapped 10-15 feet off of shore, with ice all around it.
In a typical day, Ryan Arens sees one dozen dogs along his Bozeman, Montana route. As he drove past a pond, he began to hear what sounded like a dog screaming. Ryan says. “Like if you’ve heard a dog in distress, and if you’re an animal lover, and if you have a heart or a conscious, you’re gonna want to know what’s going on.”
The sun was setting, so the light was quickly fading from the day, that’s when Arens noticed a dog fighting for their life in the frigid, icy water. It wasn’t going to survive much longer if someone didn’t save them. Instinct kicked in, and soon, the UPS driver found himself half-naked in the cold water.
Hopefully An older man was in a rowboat on the pond trying chip away at the ice to reach the dog.
“I stripped to my boxers and got the guy out of the boat. Then, I slid the boat out onto the ice, using it to distribute my weight,” Arens said. “I shimmed out to where the ice was thin.”
Then he crashed through the ice, falling from the boat and into the 16-feet-deep water.
Since he was already wet, Arens said he swam for the dog.
“She was starting to go under,” he said.
He grabbed her collar and swam for the ice, sliding the dog across the ice to shore. He pulled himself out of the water and a bystander handed him a blanket. Sadie rests indoors, thanks to Ryan Arens’ decision to save her. AKC photo
“We took the dog inside the older guy’s house and got in the shower together to warm up,” he said.
About then, the sheriff’s department and animal control arrived. Help was on the way, but “I knew someone had to get to her. She wasn’t going to make it.”
Despite his adventure and cuts on his leg, Arens finished his route, delivering 20 more packages.
The day after Arens saved Sadie, he coincidentally received a package delivery for her owners. Sadie instantly recognized Arens, and her tail started wagging nonstop when she saw the deliveryman.
“She was freaking out, and when he let her out she ran to me,” Arens said. “She must have remembered me. It sure made me feel good.”
Arens did an amazing job saving Sadie from the icy pond. If you want to learn more about the incredible rescue, check out the video below.