Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Local man saves his dog!

A local man, from Kingsthorpe, Northampton, has saved his doggie from drowing in a frozen lake!! Michael Hollowell was walking his black lab Millie, near a frozen lake at Sixfields when she got tunnel-vision chasing a duck & ran on to the ice...only for it to crack!! Being just 10ft away from her, Michael just could not stand there and watch her die so he bounded onto the lake himself to grab her, causing the ice to crack further! *gasp* But it was not Michael & Millie's time to go over the RB, as passers by, including heroic ex-lifeguard Duncan Smith, managed to rescue the freezing pair with the help of Millie's lead and a rope. Yaay! Mr Hollowell said that he knows he went completely against all advice by going after her but we can understand why he did so and with no doubt what-so-ever we would do the same!

 “I could see Millie was panicking. She was desperately trying to break the ice to get back to shore. I could see she was getting cold and suddenly she stopped moving and rested her head on the ice as if she was exhausted. All I could think about was going in to get her...

“I don’t condone what I did... I’m old enough to know not to go out on frozen water and they always say an animal’s an animal, at the end of the day, and not worth risking your own life for... But watching her like that... I couldn’t watch her die. I felt I had to do something....
“She was only 10ft from shore and I thought if the ice did break I would be able to get back. But the cold and the shock made it seem so much further... I had a lucky escape and if I had been any further from shore I don’t think I would have stood a chance.”
Both Michael & Millie are fine after their dramatic rescue & we wish all involved a very Merry...and ice-free!...Christmas
If you are walking near a frozen lake or river, please keep doggie on their lead for everyone's safety!
You can read the full article on the Northampton Chronicle & Echo website, here. x x
Michael & Millie


  1. What a feel good story
    Benny & Lily

  2. Thank goodness they are both ok! Look how cute they are together!


  3. I'm sure not all Millies get into trouble, but I do still like to give Owner the odd scare when I'm near steep edges!

    Glad Millie & Michael are OK.

    Millie is as lucky as me having a great human!


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