Walking your dog should theoretically be one of those activities that clears your head and helps you find inner peace. It’s just you, your four-legged buddy, maybe a few disposable bags for poop-related business, and the outdoors.
But in December 2017, when a dog walker took a nine-year-old Labrador named Hardy for a stroll along England’s River Wansbeck, the journey was anything but meditative. That was because Hardy took off running for the river he loved frolicking in during the summer months.
Unfortunately, Hardy didn’t account for the 21-degree temperature—and he found himself quite literally on thin ice.
Usually, the River Wansbeck in England is a fantastic spot for walking your dog. The river winds through small villages and country hillsides, and dogs and their owners alike enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells. Recently, though, those pleasantries were lost on one dog walker.
On December 13, 2017, while England was facing an unusual cold spell, a dog walker decided to take a nine-year-old Labrador named Hardy for a stroll along the Wansbeck River. That was when the pooch had an idea: he was going to go for a swim! Hardy took off running toward the water, not accounting for one major detail…
Winters in England are cold, and on this particular winter day, it was only about 21 degrees Fahrenheit: in other words, the water was frozen. The pooch made it halfway out on to the ice before the unspeakable happened. The water cracked, and he fell in.