An elderly dog still has several good years left after a U.S. Coast Guard crew rescued him from the middle of a frozen lake near Detroit. Members of the crew, which was on an ice-breaking mission on Lake St. Clair, thought they saw a group of foxes in the center of the lake, about five miles out from shore, when one man realized that one of the animals was larger than the rest. It turned out to be a sick, stranded mutt, who the rescue crew has since named Lucky.
According to Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf, three petty officers donned cold-weather gear and left their vessel to retrieve Lucky, who had dug himself into the snow in an apparent effort to ward off the wind. Crew members placed him on a stretcher and carried him back to the ship, where he was given water and whatever food the officers could find.
"He was cold, weak and tired," Haraf told the Detroit Free Press. "He may have been out there for a couple of days or so... [the officers] noticed three burrows the dog tried to dig for himself for protection. They said his paws were bleeding and his nails were pretty much down to nothing."
Lucky returned with the crew to Detroit, where Brian Essler, an officer on board, took him immediately to the vet. The dog was wearing a harness and collar, but he did not have a tag or a microchip. "Hopefully he'll find a home," Essler said. "He's a darn good dog."