After chasing after a duck for about 50 feet into the White River, a 5-year-old boxer-chow mix named Adam got stuck on a log, unable to budge. Adam’s owners tried to get him to come to shore, but after an hour and a half of trying to coax the dog to swim to them, Adam’s owners, George Adams and his 15-year-old son Timothy, called for help.
The Indianapolis Fire Department was summoned, but they didn’t fare much better. They held up a stuffed teddy bear; that didn’t work. They tried dog treats; that didn’t work, either. Finally, IFD sent a rescue boat. Using a lasso, they were able to slowly pull Adam to the boat, Fire Department spokeswoman Capt. Rita Reith said. With that, Adam was off the log and out of the water.
Timothy explained that he and his dad usually go to the White River to fish, and that Adam normally likes to take a dip in the water. This time, however, the canine didn’t seem to want to swim back. Timothy said that even though Adam was on the log for so long, he wasn’t very worried.
“Just a little shocked that he didn’t want to go back,” he said.
Thankfully, crews were able to bring Adam back on a boat. The dog rescued was OK, and was even given a few biscuits by officers.
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