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Daring dog rescue at Pointe Louise

Friday, May 02, 2014   by: Staff received the following letter of thanks from Trina Avery about a close call with her family dog, Ralph.

Good morning,

I am writing this morning to give recognition and thanks to some wonderful people/neighbors who notified and assisted me last night when our family dog, a German shepherd named Ralph, went over the ice and into the water at our home at Pointe Louise. 

This is something a pet owner never wants to experience. 

We moved to the area in December while the Bay was full of ice. 

The ice is now melting away but is still present directly in front of our home.

My son let Ralph outside and I am guessing something caught our dogs attention and he headed on the ice. 

He walked right to the edge of where the ice ended and the water began and without hesitation just kept going, not realizing it would end and of course falling into the water.  

He was unable to get out.   

I received a panicked knock on my door and a neighbor advised that he was in the water. 

She graciously stayed with our two boys who were upset and crying and I left in the car to her home which was closer to the location of our dog. 

When I got there her husband was out trying to call him in and I too began shouting to him swim to shore, but he was scared and kept trying to climb back onto the ice the opposite way. 

At this time, another neighbor came over to assist us and we were able to get a boat in the water to row over to Ralph and I pulled him in. 

We got to shore and Ralph and I were driven back to our house. 

My children were calmed and Ralph was warmed up and settled in no time. 

These people are heroes in my book. 

Without their help I’m not sure what I would have done or the outcome would have been much worse for our Ralph. 

There are no words to really express how thankful we truly are. 

One million thanks to the Palumbos and Mr. Markevich. 

Also, thank you to our veterinarian and friend Franca Deluco for taking my frantic after-hours call. You are the best! 

We are forever grateful.    

Trina, Brent, Owen, Greyson and most importantly, Ralph


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Brietsy 5/2/2014 11:07:59 AM Report

This is a feel good story. thank you for sharing it.
Hamguy 5/2/2014 11:12:47 AM Report

I'm glad that this story had a happy ending. Thanks for sharing it with us and thanks to your friends for their assistance.
Tag33&1/3rd 5/2/2014 11:20:09 AM Report

Good to hear!
Gater 5/2/2014 11:30:34 AM Report

awesome good news story . Some very happy kids I bet..
saldog 5/2/2014 12:00:08 PM Report

SO nice to hear of these stories!! Congrats to all involved. We love Dr. Deluco as our vet too!!
iamtc 5/2/2014 12:22:09 PM Report

Good news but should have a leash.
benjicanfreak 5/2/2014 12:22:58 PM Report

Such a happy ending!
One of the VERY important reasons that dogs should stay on a leash!
TFinn 5/2/2014 1:07:54 PM Report

iamtc 5/2/2014 12:22:09 PM

I agree ....didn't that area just go thru a lot of BS because of some dogs on the loose ..where was the leash.?? People are only asking for trouble if they don't follow some rules..!
Resident 5/2/2014 1:08:23 PM Report

Great story! I LOVE happy endings!!!
sandpiper 5/2/2014 2:55:36 PM Report

Great feel good story...we need more of them in helping all our canine friends who are lost and missing...this is a positive outcome to which could have been a tragedy. Happy to see Ralph and family is safe and sound!
Carla N 5/2/2014 3:27:57 PM Report

I am so happy for all of you. They were great people. Oh...and by the way, Franca Deluca is the absolute best!!
green1stackmack 5/2/2014 3:58:24 PM Report

TFinn and iamtc,

The women is trying to thank her neighbors and share her gratitude with others. It isn't common for a dog to wear a leash in a house, which is where he was let out from by one of her boys, if you read the story. If you have nothing positive to say then say nothing at all.
Bobbi1969 5/2/2014 4:09:19 PM Report

What an awesome ending to this story, just goes to show us all there are good hearted neighbours and humanity left in this city. Im glad Ralph is safe at home with his family and it was a lesson that he will remember. Our fury babies don't forget... just like very grateful people.
edz 5/2/2014 4:09:34 PM Report

dont worry green the anal retentives will always insert the leash comments. Good story glad ralfs alright.
Mr. Poster 5/2/2014 4:19:44 PM Report

Such a nice story with a happy ending...much nicer topic than the upcoming election .Hang in there Ralph.
bemo13 5/2/2014 4:50:14 PM Report

awesome story!
it's so unfortunate that there always has to be at least one person with something negative to say about EVERYTHING. i don't put my dog on a leash when i let him outside, and i don't think anybody does. what a ridiculous thing to do.
SuperiorNorth 5/2/2014 4:57:08 PM Report

Great story, & yes Franca Deluco is a fabulous, caring vet!!! Kudos to all!
ray zinbag 5/2/2014 5:15:03 PM Report

I'm gessing the dog was after a deer as there are lots around there
northontguy 5/2/2014 6:29:43 PM Report

I live in a great neighbourhood. Thank you.
dandrew61 5/3/2014 12:13:32 AM Report

I agree with the “anal retentives”. If the dog was not allowed off a leash this would never have happened. Two people who because of their own caring nature risked their lives to rescue a dog that should never have been allowed to roam free from the start. These people are very happy and thankful for the help of their caring neighbors but how would they feel if one of those neighbors fell in the icy water and drowned while trying to save this dog. Bemo 13 says it’s ridiculous to put a dog on a leash. It’s ridiculous not to. All good dog owners have control of their animals at all times. Anything else is ridiculous.
bemo13 5/3/2014 7:06:09 AM Report

dandrew61.... i don't think it's ridiculous for dogs to be on leashes. i think it's ridiculous that some people expect the dog to be on a leash while it's on the owner's property.
Coles_Mom 5/5/2014 12:56:53 PM Report

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