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DL area rescuers save dog that broke through lake ice

Katie Green was happy to be reunited with her 8-month-old puppy, Georgie, after he was trapped in Munson Lake. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)

A Detroit Lakes dog and her owner are very happy to still have each other's companionship after the pooch took a plunge into the freezing water of Munson Lake Friday morning.

Katie Green let her Australian Shepherd, Georgie, outside of her home on West Munson Lane for about 20 minutes. When she called the eight-month-old pup, the dog didn't show up.

"I looked out there and there was her little head peeking out of the lake," Green said.

Georgie had wandered out on to the thin ice and fallen through about 50 feet from the shore. Green attempted to go in after the canine, but got too cold once she got about waist deep in the water.

She said Georgie must have been standing on something under the water, because the dog wasn't swimming and her head and back were out of the water.

"She just kept whining," Green said.

Detroit Lakes firefighters were called in, and after about an hour in the water, firefighters Kregg Wolf and Mason Pender rescued Georgie. The firefighters were wearing a special protective "Gumby suit," which is designed to fit over clothes so they can instantly be put on and go into the water.

Fire chief Jeff Swanson said the DL Fire Department rescued a dog on Long Lake a couple years ago.

"I'm going to be watching her like a hawk," Green said. "She's not going out alone until there's two feet of ice on the lake."

Georgie got a warm bath in the Greens' hot tub and a bit of blow-drying with a hair dryer before the pooch was back running and playing.

The dog usually stays in a kennel in the heated garage, but Georgie probably will stay in the house for now.

"She's probably going to be spoiled, now," Green said. "I think she's just thankful to be alive."