Dressed for the weather, two Samoyed dogs nonetheless need icy rescue

Lava and Bala decided to poke their heads through a hole in a fence on their property Thursday morning and go for a bit of a run.

A nearby lake in Green Timbers Urban Forest was partially frozen and looked too tempting to resist.

It's not clear yet whether the two Samoyed-cross dogs walked out on the frozen surface and fell through, or simply decided to go for a icy swim.

Whatever the case, Bala (and 18-month-old male) and Lava (a 30-month-old female) ended up stranded on the lake's island, surrounded by the ice-strewn water.

Surrey RCMP were called at 10:30 a.m. and dispatched the Surrey Fire Department's rescue team.

They arrived in dry suits with a boat, smashed their way through the ice to the dogs, and hauled them back to safety. The friendly canines were enticed to into the watercraft with dog treats.

Kim Marosevich, manager of Surrey's animal control, said the two are now in fine condition.

The fluffy white dogs – whose breed  has roots in Siberia as nomadic reindeer herders – were assisted by their natural cold-weather coats.

Bala and Lava both had licences, so the owner was easy to find.

In all, it was a bit of an adventure both for dogs and rescuers.

"It was a story with a happy ending," Marosevich said.


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