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   Undertoad  Friday Sep 14 12:29 PM

September 14, 2007: Michgan surfer rescues dog

It was a rough surf on Lake Michigan on Tuesday afternoon, and there were a lot of strong currents going... so rough that the surfers were a little anxious about the water.

But that didn't deter the man and his old dog from walking down the pier together, as they always did when the waves got big. The dog loved to walk the pier when the lake was rough... he'd go off-lead, bark at the waves, and then retreat when the water crashed up onto the pier.

This time the waves were a little bigger, though, and then a particularly big wave hit at the wrong moment. It even took the man off his feet; the dog missed his chance to run back, and as the water rolled off the pier it carried the dog with it, right into the lake.

Surfer Matt Smolenski (right) saw what was happening. He had seen the dog before, barking at the waves on the pier. With the owner desperately screaming for the dog from the pier, Smolenski didn't hesitate; he told his fellow surfer Joe Riopelle (left) that he was going in for that dog.

Smolenski set out on his board, on his stomach, and got past the waves to reach the dog just as it reached exhaustion and had stopped dog-paddling. He grabbed the dog by the collar, put him up on the surfboard, and Smolenski and Riopelle helped the dog surf in to shore.

And the owner thanked them with a high-five and a "Thank you, brother!"; and then man and dog left so fast, nobody could get their names.

LabRat  Friday Sep 14 12:51 PM

Happy Friday! I love Fridays.

Hime  Friday Sep 14 01:37 PM

If I weren't happily married, I would send those guys my phone number. What a feel-good story.

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Sep 14 04:12 PM

That mutt better stick to snapping at water cannons.

Saphyre  Friday Sep 14 04:23 PM

Thanks UT & Bruce for a happy Friday IOTD.
Can we put off the 'eat the IOTD' thread for today?? Just asking. :P

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Sep 14 04:49 PM

Me? Not me, this is UT's doings.
But welcome to the Cellar, Saphyre.
Love your fangs.

Saphyre  Friday Sep 14 05:41 PM

Thanks, Bruce!!! lol, I thought it said you submitted the pic - don't know where I got that from. It's been a loooong week, but it's close to Miller time

monster  Friday Sep 14 09:38 PM

Originally Posted by Saphyre View Post
Thanks UT & Bruce for a happy Friday IOTD.
Can we put off the 'eat the IOTD' thread for today?? Just asking. :P
How about we eat the surfers and leave the dog out of it?

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Sep 14 11:07 PM

That would take a while. Everyone knows, you can't eat heroes all at once.

JuancoRocks  Saturday Sep 15 03:41 AM

surfer rescues dog

"Bet you wish you could do that"

"Yeah but, that sumbitch would probably bite me"

Ibby  Saturday Sep 15 11:01 AM

Son of a bitch, UT.
I read this as 'michigan surfer rescue dogs'

Imagine my disappointment.

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