(GLENCOE) A pet dog had to be saved from an icy pond Sunday morning after being chased across a golf course by coyotes in north suburban Glencoe, Pioneer Press is reporting.
Peggy Bobrow said she had been walking her daughter's golden retriever Sadie, for whom she was dog-sitting, and her own English golden retriever King. Both were off-leash on the frozen turf of the Skokie Country Club, when the drama unfolded.
"It was very brisk, a quarter to eight, and they were sniffing, enjoying the smells of nature," she said. "A coyote came out of nowhere, and they took off."
In seconds, they ran beyond her sight. She ran in the direction she last saw them to the shore of a large pond.
"There was a 10- by 10-foot opening" in the ice, she said. "Sadie was in the middle of it."
She called 911. She met arriving police a half-mile away at the paddle-tennis parking lot, and ran back with them to the pond.
"I kept hearing these weird howling noises," she said. "When I got there, there were four coyotes (on the ice), surrounding this poor dog.
"I thought they were keeping an eye on her," she said. "But one of the officers said they were waiting. Sadie was going to be their breakfast."
The coyotes scattered, and a rope was repeatedly tossed to the dog, but she was already too hypothermic to grab it with her teeth.
An arriving firefighter began to struggle into a waterproof "Mustang" suit,
Public Safety Lt. Rich Weiner said. Like dogs, people can't survive long in ice water.
Lt. Richard Bookie didn't think Sadie would last that long, Weiner said.
"He got on his knees and slid a ladder across the ice," Bobrow recalled. "Close to wear the dog was, he lowered the ladder into the water.
The dog got a paw-hold on the ladder, "and he just kind of dragged her out."
The shivering dog was swaddled in blankets, taken home, and rejuvenated in front of a fireplace with a bowl of warm milk, Bobrow said.
"My dad said, 'That's why dogs are leashed'," she said. "My dad has seven daughters, and all of them are more cautious than I am.
"Next time, I'm taking a leash. Two leashes. And I'm not going back to the golf course."
— Pioneer Press
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