Owner jumps in to save pet from icy pond

PUBLISHED: 12:50 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

Kathy Finlay with Alfie after his ordeal

Kathy Finlay with Alfie after his ordeal

A FEARLESS dog had to be rescued by his owner from a partly frozen pond after he jumped in to chase the ducks. Gavin Finlay and his wife were walking their three-year-old terrier called Alfie across Harpenden Common on Saturday evening when he went runnin

A FEARLESS dog had to be rescued by his owner from a partly frozen pond after he jumped in to chase the ducks.

Gavin Finlay and his wife were walking their three-year-old terrier called Alfie across Harpenden Common on Saturday evening when he went running across a large wildlife pond, most of which was iced over.

But then he leapt from the ice into the freezing water but was unable to get back out.

Gavin, a long-serving Metropolitan Policeman, had to jump in to save his dog.

He said: "Alfie couldn't get himself out and was beginning to struggle in the freezing water. He was also too far to reach so I had to break the ice and wade in up to my chest to haul him out."

He added: "We were just lucky he didn't go through a hole in the ice in the middle as it would have probably been the end of him."

Gavin hopes that the episode will send out a warning to other dog owners and children about the dangers of frozen stretches of water.

But the ordeal didn't seem to worry Alfie, who just shook himself down and started running around again as if the whole thing was a game.

It's not the first time that the fun-loving terrier has caused trouble. Gavin, who lives near Crabtree Infant School with wife Kathy and their 11-year-old daughter, said: "Alfie is well known for his antics in Harpenden. In fact I'm considering writing a book based on his exploits and this episode would be another story.

"He is just one of those dogs that does something every couple of weeks. He is fearless in an amusing little way."

Gavin added: "He just does stupid little things. I caught him chasing a chicken on Boxing Day and I had to chase him around the common chasing the chicken. He also does things like jumping on skateboards and he has been surfing in the sea.

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