Earlier this month, while out for their daily walk along a creek near their home in Utah, Melnicoff nearly lost Carli forever. Recent rains and snowmelt had turned the creek into a raging torrent, so when Carli ventured down to take a drink as usual, she lost her footing and was swept away.
Melnicoff began to scream. She ran alongside the riverbank as the current carried Carli, but was soon too tired to keep up.
"I thought my dog was going to die," she told The Dodo. "But right then, almost out of nowhere, this man comes running toward me. He saw what was happening and was on it immediately. No hesitation or anything. Within half a minute, he had stripped down to his boxers and plunged into the water."
Fighting against the white-capped rapids, the man was risking his own life to save a stranger's dog - and his heroic efforts paid off.
"He got ahold of Carli," said Melnicoff. "He picked her up and brought her back to me."