Luckily, the yellow Lab’s battle to escape the frigid pond caught the attention of NSTAR supervisor John Dumas who was driving on Lagoon Pond Road.
The Lab is known to be a wanderer. On Tuesday night, the dog fell into Lagoon Pond. He was struggling and Dumas saved him from drowning. Just before 6 pm, Dumas spotted the struggling Lab out of the corner of his eye. The dog was in the brush along the shoreline, near Maciel Marine in Vineyard Haven. He turned around and ran to pull the dog from the water and mud.
“Then I noticed the dog was very awkward, and realized he couldn’t see,” Mr. Dumas told The Times in a phone call Wednesday. “He was also ice-cold.”
Special Officer Michael Leccese arrived quickly after a call from Dumas.
“When I got there, the dog was lying down in the grass, with Mr. Dumas kneeling beside him,” said Officer Leccese. “He was obviously in distress. Mr. Dumas went and grabbed a sweatshirt from his truck to put over him.”
Laurie Clements of Tisbury Animal Control arrived a few minutes later. She knew the dog, Tyger, and his owners, Barbara Lampson and Andrew Worlock, who live on Causeway Road. The poor Lab also suffers from weak hind quarters and needed to be lifted onto her truck for the drive home.
Ms. Lampson’s son, Ian Tripp, who was at home to greet them was startled and dismayed to learn that Tyger had wandered off, Ms. Clements said.
“He used to like to wander, and a few months ago, we think he might have had a minor stroke,” Mr. Tripp told The Times. “He went blind over the course of about three days. He hasn’t completely adjusted yet, and he has trouble moving about. I didn’t realize he had wandered into the water.”
“Tyger was so cold, and totally disoriented,” said Ms. Clement. “I know he would have died of exposure if Mr. Dumas hadn’t noticed him and rescued him.”
“The dog was off in the brush, and many people might have driven by and not even seen him,” said Officer Leccese.
On Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Tripp reported that Tyger was sleeping peacefully, recuperating in comfort from his frigid swim.
Source: MV Times