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http://wwmt.com/news/local/local-boy-scouts-rescue-dog-that-fell-through-ice

 

Recommend watching the WWMT video.

 

Kalamazoo Troop 205 on a Polar Bear weekend at Roto-Kiwan Scout Reservation when scouts on a hike saw a dog fall through ice in Scout Pond.

 

Scouts fetched a canoe and their Scoutmaster but there were no paddles and apparently no PFD's.

 

What to do? What would trained Scouts do?

 

"Scooby is Dooing just fine".

 

 

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Too bad the adults had to get involved.  Looked like the boys were doing just fine on their own.  It's also too bad they didn't have oars... Oh, wait, canoes have oars they have paddles.  Must have missed the memo on that one when they were at summer camp taking canoeing "MB".

 

Glad Scooby is doing well.  The boys did well as well.  Well, just sayin'.  :)

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I hate to be the one to put a damper on things, but....

 

If I were the scoutmaster, and they couldn't find PFD's, I think I would have told them they can't do it.  Maybe I would relent if some or all of the following were true:  They had something else that floated, the water was known to be less than 3 feet deep, they had rope with them.

 

But getting a scared dog into a canoe seems to me to have a risk of someone falling into the water.  If it was warm water, then I might consider it enough of an emergency to ignore the rules.  But it looks like it's far enough from shore that I wouldn't let them risk it in cold water without life jackets, or something else almost as good.

 

(I wasn't able to see the video, so maybe it shows something that would make me change my mind.)

 

On the other hand, I wouldn't worry about the lack of "oars".  (And I'm guessing that's the reporter's choice of words.)  It sounds like the scouts figured that out.

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I hate to be the one to put a damper on things, but....

 

If I were the scoutmaster, and they couldn't find PFD's, I think I would have told them they can't do it.  Maybe I would relent if some or all of the following were true:  They had something else that floated, the water was known to be less than 3 feet deep, they had rope with them.

 

But getting a scared dog into a canoe seems to me to have a risk of someone falling into the water.  If it was warm water, then I might consider it enough of an emergency to ignore the rules.  But it looks like it's far enough from shore that I wouldn't let them risk it in cold water without life jackets, or something else almost as good.

 

(I wasn't able to see the video, so maybe it shows something that would make me change my mind.)

 

On the other hand, I wouldn't worry about the lack of "oars".  (And I'm guessing that's the reporter's choice of words.)  It sounds like the scouts figured that out.

 

Not the reporter's choice of words, the boy interviewed referred to them as oars.

 

You are probably correct it is really a dumb thing to do to risk human life to saver the life of a dog.  I would have still done it, but then I like dogs more than people at times...... 

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Not the reporter's choice of words, the boy interviewed referred to them as oars.

 

 

That explains why they couldn't find them.   :)

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