Bystanders Cheer as Blind Dog is Rescued from Lake Ontario

She had begun swimming offshore and away from help, but Claude Duval made no hesitation to go in after her.

An 11-year-old Samoyed is alive and well after being pulled from the brisk waters of Lake Ontario on Wednesday.  Inge is blind, and toppled over the side of a ferry dock.

The senior dog and her human, Jim Argo, were waiting for a ferry at Wolfe Island, in Ontario.  He allowed Inge to exit the vehicle only so she could relieve herself, but on her way back she took a misstep and tumbled into the water.

Passersby tried to pluck her from the lake with a rescue pole, but were fruitless.  Argo rushed over and was almost in the water when the Kingston Fire and Rescue crew arrived to pull the dog to safety.  She had begun swimming offshore and away from help, but Claude Duval made no hesitation to go in after her.

Duval wore a cold water rescue suit and lowered himself into the lake while his team members prepared the stretcher and other rescue equipment.  Their first attempt at retrieving Inge was unsuccessful and she fell back in.  But onlookers cheered for the man on the second attempt as the chilly dog was hoisted from the water.

Argo happily met his soggy dog on dry land and greeted her with a warm towel.  He and Inge were kindly escorted to the vet to make sure she was okay.

“I don’t need scary mornings like that,” Argo said.

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Bystanders Cheer as Blind Dog is Rescued from Lake Ontario

  1. I would like to introduce you to our squirrel, Sandy Wayne. Sandy Wayne is a mentally handicapped squirrel brought to the home of Reba and Tommy Morse on Sept 1, 2010 for rehabilitation after falling from a tree.

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  2. I would like to introduce you to our squirrel, Sandy Wayne. Sandy Wayne is a mentally handicapped squirrel brought to the home of Reba and Tommy Morse on Sept 1, 2010 for rehabilitation after falling from a tree.

    Description

    Due to her mental limitations, Sandy Wayne had to be taught how to do everything that most other squirrels automatically do as they mature. She did not understand the concept of chewing and swallowing her food, so she would watch the other babies and chew the food and let it fall to the floor. She did not understand how to go potty, so she would hold her urine until it “fell out”. This resulted in several urinary tract infections. Sandy Wayne also began having seizures soon after her eyes opened. Since the seizures usually occurred at night, she was afraid to go to sleep. She would try to sit on a shelf or ledge in her cage until she passed out and fell to the floor. The falls often resulted in additional injuries, so Reba started taking her out of the cage at bedtime and wrapped her in a baby blanket. Reba was recovering from back surgery and was sleeping in a recliner, so it was easy to keep Sandy Wayne with her. After recovering, they moved to the bed with Tommy where Sandy Wayne slept in a soft puppy bed between Reba and Tommy. This page is Sandy Wayne’s journey, and amazing accomplishments. Many of our friends have asked for updates on Sandy Wayne, so we decided to create this page for that purpose. In addition to her brain injury, Sandy Wayne was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in the spring of 2012. She is an amazing little girl, and an inspiration to those who know her. We hope you enjoy following Sandy Wayne’s journey. Please feel free to comment and share Sandy Wayne’s information with your friends and family.

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  3. A big thanks to the rescuer who saved this old girl.
    And if you don’t want scary mornings like that sir (dog’s owner) leash her up (for her own safety) before she exits the car.

  4. I agree 100% with Annie! A precious, senior, blind dog shouldn’t be left to find his way around a pier … a leash in many situations for this sweet pup would be MY first thought.

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