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Last night I was eating dinner with the wife when we heard one of our dogs howling like crazy he's a husky so that's not uncommon but he usually does it when something is wrong. I went out to see what was going on and here's what happened. I live on a river and it was frozen but with the warm temps the ice got thin the dog had been running across it all winter due to the cold weather well last night he broke through right in the middle of the river and couldn't get out. I threw on my neoprene waders and headed out there to grab him I couldn't find my rope because it was buried under the snow so I started crawling to displace my weight but I couldn't get to him because the ice started cracking under me and I figured better to go in feet first rather than head first. I figured the water was about 4-5 feet deep in this spot but it was hard to tell so I stood up and walked toward him about three steps later I was in over my head and waders full of freezing water. My chest compressed like someone was standing on it I made my way over to my dog who was pretty panicked and tryed to climb on my pushing me down. I couldn't lift him up because I had no leverage and the ice I was leaning on kept breaking. I finally cleared my head and tried not to panick I forced my self under water for the 3rd time and pushed off the bottom launching the dog out of this hole now I was really starting to lose muscle control and I couldn't pull myself up onto the ice so I had to do it again I went down kicked off the bottom and made it onto my belly then crawled with my elbows to the side of the river. I was exausted and by the way wearing jeans and a t-shirt under my waders I finally made it to the house and my wife had to call 911 back to tell them that I got out of the water I flew into the shower and made it as hot as I could stand it. Sorry for the long story but after about 5 cups of tea last night and not really sleeping much because I kept thinking how easily I could have gone under and not come back up I am hear telling my story to you guys. Anyway I guess the moral is you never know what's going to happen or when so go home and kiss your children and hug your wives and enjoy life when you get the chance and fish as much as you can because none of us are going to be on our death bed saying I wish I worked a little more.