Thanks to the help of a rock-climbing jogger, a Chicago man and his poodle avoided a frigid fate in Lake Michigan. Late Tuesday night, a man and his three poodles were taking a walk near a remote part of the waterfront when one of the dogs slipped through the ice-coated water. The man panicked, discarded his shoes, and jumped into the frigid water to rescue his dog, getting stuck as well. Luckily for the two, a jogger named Adam Dominik spotted them and came up with a quick solution to get them out of the freezing lake.
While Dominik was jogging near the area, he heard the man's two other dogs barking on the shore line and almost turned around. But when he heard screams, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, he decided to go investigate:
Dominik, a novice rock climber leaned over the ledge of a retaining wall and saw the man's face submerged in the water as he held his dog above the water line. "I ran looking for a branch or something to use to extend to him," said Dominik. The best he could do was untie a piece of twine that had been strung between two metal posts to keep walkers on a nearby path. Dominik said the man insisted his dog be rescued first.... Dominik lowered the rope to the man, who tied it to his dog, which quickly was pulled to safety.
Dominik then was able to pull the man almost fully out of the water before police arrived moments later. The man was rushed to the hospital with hypothermia, but was happy to learn that all three of his poodles survived the ordeal.